Children, Young People and Families
Start date(s)
September 2024
Study Mode
Part-time (1 year)
Part-time (18 months)
Main Campus (Horsforth)

Course overview

This programme is designed to provide the essential knowledge, understanding, skills and experience required to become successful in a managerial role that offers services for children and families.

Apprentices on this programme will work to achieve positive and sustainable change in the lives of children and families.

They will become inspirational managers, building teams, managing resources and developing new approaches and working practices within the context for their working environments and the wider policy conditions.

The apprentice will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant role and have the support of their employer.

There are two pathways available for those working in the following areas: Residential Care and Community.​

The Student Contract

About this course

Apprenticeships are designed by sector professionals and are aimed at those already employed in a relevant role. They can be suitable as a way to upskill existing members of staff or as a pathway for new recruits.

Sm​​all groups, and specially-designed learning sessions will ensure that apprentices get the most out of their time in workshops and lectures.

Six hours per week of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job learning – this includes work-based projects and job-related activities.

There are no direct fees paid by the apprentices as the programme is supported through the apprenticeship levy.

Successful apprentices will gain a Higher Education Diploma in either of the following:

  • Professional Practice in Leadership and Management for Residential Care (Residential pathway)
  • Professional Practice in Leadership for Health and Social Care (Community pathway)

Programme duration and delivery

It will typically take 12-18 months to complete the apprenticeship, however, there may also be opportunities to join part-way through the programme if candidates have considerable experience in a particular area.

This apprenticeship is delivered through a blended learning approach. Apprentices benefit from face-to-face and online lectures and seminars, delivered by Leeds Trinity University. In addition to this, apprentices will also complete independent research activities which can be undertaken in the workplace.


We offer extensive support to all of our apprentices – whatever their background or academic experience. This includes access to our Peer Support Champions and The Learning Hub, which gives tailored support for academic skills.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by the employer if their wage bill is over £3 million each year. The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeships course fees, up to the relevant funding gap, if the organisation has paid into the levy at least once during the financial year or if the organisation has spent all its levy.

Course 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.

Year 1

In your first year, you will study six modules.

Leading and Managing (Core)

Apprentices will explore theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, emphasising motivational and distributed leadership, change management, and organisational culture.

Compare traditional and contemporary leadership views, investigating styles within students' workplaces.

Conduct and evaluate a leadership task, incorporating the application of secondary data re-use for comprehensive study.

Difficulties Families Face (Core)

Explore the range of problems that families can face while children are growing up and the approaches to support that may enable families to be empowered to take greater control for a positive future.

As we look at each issue, we'll apply current research and theory.

You'll be encouraged to compare political and media rhetoric with clear research findings using both national and international perspectives.

Leadership in a Multi-Agency Environment (Core)

Apprentices will build leadership skills, ethical responsibilities, and cross-cultural awareness in professional contexts.

They will also explore the roles within multi-agency teams, focusing on establishing and managing effective collaborations, especially in child-centred settings.

Apprentices will evaluate Early Intervention, the Common Assessment Framework, and lead professional practices, fostering critical awareness in inter-professional collaboration and developing clear, concise communication and referencing skills.

Reflection and Supervision (Core)

Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the supervisory process to promote good practice working with children and families.

You'll study a range of models of supervision and develop skills in using supervision effectively.

You'll make clear links between theory and practice using research from a national and international perspective.

You'll develop and demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to critically reflect on your own practice through group discussions.

Designing Practitioner Research (Core)

Apprentices will assume the role of the practitioner-researcher and adeptly identify diverse research approaches and data-gathering techniques.

They will develop a nuanced understanding of workplace priorities, intending to enhance their professional practice, while also demonstrating proficiency in navigating ethical considerations within their immediate professional context.

The module culminates in apprentices showcasing their acquired skills by crafting a well-organised and impactful research proposal with direct relevance to their work, ensuring effective communication with an academic audience.

Evidence Informed Practice - Work Based Project (Core)

Upon completing this module, apprentices will showcase project selection skills and ethical understanding in Work-Based Learning.

They will define key concepts developed in their Work-Based Learning projects, exhibiting awareness of research methods, data analysis, and reflection on project design and outcomes.

The module, uniquely tailored through a 'learning agreement,' delves into Work-Based Learning concepts, evaluation, practical frameworks, multi-agency collaboration, workplace roles, and reflection on goal utilisation.

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


Throughout the programme, apprentices are assessed via various methods including:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Professional discussions
  • Assignments
  • Work-based projects

Apprentices will also create a portfolio of evidence throughout the programme in order to allow them to demonstrate how they have achieved the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship Standard. Evidence may include reports, reflective logs and work-based projects.

Upon completion of the degree, each apprentice will undertake the End Point Assessment. The End Point Assessment will consist of a work-based project report and presentation, a portfolio of evidence mapped to the Apprenticeship Standard KSBs and a competency-based interview.  This has been designed to enable the apprenticeship to be completed in accordance with the Degree Apprenticeship Standard. An independent assessor will assess this.

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.

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, please contact our Apprenticeship Student Admin team who will be happy to advise you.

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant role and have the support of your employer, and:

  • Must hold a level 2 qualification in English Language and Maths Grade 4/C or above
  • Provide evidence of any other held or equivalent qualifications
  • Live and have the right to work in England (ID will be requested)
  • Have experience in a relevant job role to the apprenticeship

Once a completed evidence pack is received applicants will undertake an initial assessment interview with the programme lead to establish their suitability for the apprenticeship.


We offer extensive support to all of our apprentices - whatever your background or academic experience.

This includes access to our Peer Support Champions and the Learning Hub, which offers tailored support for academic skills.

Fees and finance

Costs of programme

The cost of the full degree apprenticeship programme is £6,000.


Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer if their wage bill is over £3 million each year.

The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeship’s course fees, up to the relevant funding band, if the organisation has spent all its levy or has an annual wage bill below £3 million each year. Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy contribute 5% towards the total cost of the apprenticeship, the ESFA will contribute the other 95% directly to the University. Employers must have an account with the Apprenticeship Service Account to be able to reserve Government funding for an apprenticeship. This reservation ensures that funds will be available to pay for the training from the point the apprenticeship starts.

Read more about how levy payments work from the UK Government website.

How to apply

Whether you’re looking to develop your skills with us as an apprentice, or you’re an employer looking for more information on using Leeds Trinity University as a training provider, please complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your options.

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About Leeds Trinity University

Our professional Apprenticeships combine part-time study at Leeds Trinity University with workplace training. We've been providing outstanding provision in higher education for over 50 years and have significant experience of delivering work-based learning programmes. We're proud to offer a personal and inclusive university experience that gives everyone the support they need to realise their potential. Our teaching staff have extensive and relevant professional experience.