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Course details

Subject area

Children, Young People and Families

Start date(s)

Sept 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (2 years) Part time (4 years)

Course overview

This is a work-based learning degree designed to broaden and enhance your professional knowledge.

  • Do you work in a role that supports the development of children aged 0-5 years?
  • Do you want to develop your professional practice?

Supporting Early Years Practice aims to further your understanding of how best to create and maintain positive conditions that support young children's learning and development.

As this is a work-based learning degree, you'll spend at least two days a week with an employer to reflect on theory and practice.

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About this course

You'll critically investigate and evaluate the theories, knowledge, policies and legislation that underpin current best practice.

You'll study a range of topics relevant to child development, such as play and early learning, inclusivity and diversity, and communication and language.

You'll also learn how to create an enabling environment for young children, as well as how to develop children's social and emotional resilience.

Studying alongside fellow professionals, you'll reflect on your practical experience by looking at what you know and do well, as well as how you can improve your knowledge to be more effective.

You'll graduate with a highly regarded qualification that will improve your work performance and your career opportunities.

This is a work-based learning degree, so you'll spend at least two days a week with an employer to reflect on theory and practice. Our students usually complete this with their existing employer. If you're not employed, you can volunteer with a relevant organisation for two days a week. Work-based employment can be in schools, children's centres, nurseries, children's services for local or voluntary sectors, and provision for young people or those with specialist needs.

You can complete this degree in two years during one afternoon/evening per week (Mondays 1.30-6.30pm for Level 4, Tuesdays 1.30-6.30pm for Level 5), alongside existing work commitments.

Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Modules by Year

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Values and Roles of a Principled Professional
  • Theories of Learning and Development
  • Power, Inclusion and Diversity of Need

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Healthy Teams Supporting Healthy Children, Families and Communities
  • Creating an Ideal Play Environment
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation Level 4
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing
  • Reflecting on Research Informed Practice 

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Specialist Co-ordinator Roles 
  • Behaviour and Learning in an Interconnected World 

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Risks, Rights and Social Justice in a Sustainable Society
  • Play and Early Learning
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant Preparation Level 5

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, including the recently introduced T Levels, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

For our Foundation degrees, you must have:

  • at least one year of relevant work experience or volunteering
  • a Level 3 qualification, such as BTEC, CACHE qualifications, A-Level, or you if you do not hold one of these, you could be asked to complete a Level 3 entry essay if you have significant previous relevant work experience
  • GCSE English Language or English Literature at Grade C or 4 or above (or accepted equivalent such as level 2 Functional Skills in English)
  • Support from your workplace to join the programme and a written reference from your employer which will also confirm whether you already have a DBS check

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

Two-year foundation degree courses are £5,000 per year for tuition fees in 2022/23.

Part-time tuition fees would be prorated according to the number of credits you are studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2023/24 entry will be set in summer 2022. 

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees. These include:

  • Books - recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Print costs - the University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

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

admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Admissions Team
Leeds Trinity University
Horsforth
Leeds
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.

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Graduate opportunities

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you'll be able to progress on to our top-up degree in Professional Practice.

This will lead to a full BA Honours degree after an additional year of study.

You could progress in your current role, seek more specialist roles with children and young people, or expand into new areas of practice.

After completing the Foundation degree and the top-up Professional Practice degree, many of our students continue on to our MA in Family Support, MSc Psychology (Conversion) or a PGCE.

The support from Leeds Trinity is amazing, not just from the tutors but from all areas of student support, such as the Learning Hub, too. Through studying for my degree, I have become much more knowledgeable and confident in implementing what I’ve learnt in my job as a nursery practitioner.

Beenish Butt, Nursery Practitioner
Foundation degree in Supporting Early Years graduate

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