Professional Practice (Level 6 Top-up) degrees

Once you've successfully completed your Foundation degree, you could 'top-up' your qualification with a Professional Practice 'Top-Up' degree. 

Upon successful completion of a Professional Practice degree, you will graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in your chosen pathway.

Our Professional Practice degrees aim to expand the skills required for a range of professional and managerial roles in environments working to support the development, learning, and wellbeing of children, young people, and families.

Why study with us?

Our courses are designed and delivered by practitioners with extensive experience working with children, young people and families. They'll engage you with their practice and research throughout the course. Our academics also work in close partnership with employers, such as local schools and Leeds City Council social care services.

Our Professional Practice degrees have been designed to fit in alongside a full-time job, and other commitments, giving you the chance to earn while you learn. You'll attend teaching sessions for up to one day a week, alongside working or volunteering in a professional setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week. 

We encourage you to develop and extend your professionalism and support your fellow students, contributing to a rich learning experience. 

You'll learn the theories behind current practice and further the knowledge and understanding needed to carry out your role effectively. You'll enhance your working practice by learning and applying your professional knowledge and life experience.

We're committed to developing outstanding professionals within the fields of education and children, young people and families. Studying these qualifications will open up further progression opportunities within higher education - whether you want to specialise in a particular area or train to teach. 

Postgraduate degrees at Leeds Trinity

Our experienced and dedicated staff will give you the personal and academic support you need to succeed. Our Learning Hub gives you access to personalised academic and study skills support and our range of Student Support services are here to make sure that you look after your health and wellbeing.

Apply for a Professional Practice (Level 6 Top-Up) degree

Download the 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

Application FAQs

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Yes, as it’s a work-based learning degree, you will need support from your employer. This will need to have been approved and evidenced when you apply to us. You will also need a DBS certificate.

Yes, you will need to include a personal statement with your application form. This is your opportunity to tell us why you would be suitable for the course. Personal statement tips are below.

Absolutely! Foundation degrees and Professional Practice programmes are stand-alone qualifications. We also understand that changing institutions can be a challenge, but at Leeds Trinity, you really are a name, not a number. We have a range of support available to help you with your transition and career aspirations.


Personal statement tips

Writing your personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you want to study a Professional Practice (Level 6 Top-Up) degree at Leeds Trinity.

Starting a personal statement can seem daunting, so here are some tips to get you going:

  • Tell us what your aspirations are for the future
    • Talk about the career you have and want, and why doing this degree will help you in achieving your goals.
    • Don’t forget to sell yourself and show passion for the work you do.
  • Write about your qualifications and experiences
    • Don’t worry if your qualifications are from a while ago as we won’t just look at your academic achievements. We’ll take your circumstances into consideration, such as a break in your career, raising a family etc. Evidencing any transferable skills and writing about experiences away from your career could also be relevant and will give us a more detailed picture of you.
    • Include any extracurricular activities you’re involved in, such as volunteering. Not only do these demonstrate your enthusiasm and interests, but they also highlight your dedication and work ethic.