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​Foundation degrees are work-based, higher education qualifications. 

They have been designed to enhance and broaden your professional knowledge and give you the opportunities to develop, progress and gain recognition of skills in a formal qualification.

They can lead to an honours degree following completion of a one-year top-up course.

​The programmes have been developed in the multi-agency context.

They are suited to people who support children and families in a wide range of integrated services including:

  • social
  • health care
  • education
  • voluntary
  • probation
  • charity
  • young offender
  • early years
  • childcare
  • youth services

Top-up degrees

Our Level 6 Top-Up degrees are designed to be undertaken on completion of a foundation degree or other Level 5 qualification, in an area related to early years care and education or the support of children and families.

They are ideal preparation for postgraduate training and education or a career in leadership in an early years setting or children’s centre.

You will have the opportunity to develop subject expertise while engaging with current debate and professional practice.

You will be introduced to new concepts and skills such as synthesis and critical evaluation, and you will be supported in this by a specially designed induction programme.

Apply for a Foundation or Top-up degree

Download the relevant application form below and return it, along with your references and copies of your qualifications, to:


Admissions Team
Leeds Trinity University
LS18 5HD

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application, and aim to make a decision within two weeks of receiving your application.

If you've been made an offer, you'll need to accept or decline by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.