Course details


Children, Young People and Families

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode(s)

Part time (3 years)

Course overview

The MA Education is a stimulating part-time programme designed to develop and strengthen your identity, critical confidence and academic expertise as a serving educational professional – whether you’re in the early stages of your education career or you have extensive experience. 

This MA puts emphasis on broadening your critical perspective on education, with a carefully weighted balance between sector-wide and context-specific content and tasks. Dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will guide you through varied philosophical and disciplinary positions, with a focus on supporting you in articulating and strengthening your own expert critical voice.

The Student Contract

Course information

About this course

About this course

We’ve designed the course to lead you through established and emerging debates about policy and practice.

Through a developmental sequence of modules, you will strengthen your skills of critically reflective practice and practical enquiry. You’ll receive specialist training in thinking further and deeper about the complexity and challenges of education, as well as its possibilities. Throughout the MA, we’ll encourage you to reflect on your own priorities and interests, enabling you to shape and influence good practice in your workplace.

The course brings together educational professionals from a wide variety of contexts: early years, primary education, secondary education, special education, further and higher education. Students range from early career teachers to senior leaders and managers to those who support learning, and this diverse mix ensures sessions encompass multiple perspectives, broadening perception out from the practice of each singular workplace.

Our programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, with evening and weekend sessions sensibly spaced over each year. Learning is supported through access to the online library and journal resources, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and a specialist team of staff in our Learning Hub to support academic learning and development. Each module comes with a comprehensive handbook, reading list and detailed support for assessment, both with process and product.



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.

Introduction to Postgraduate Study of Childhood, Education and Family Support

Alongside those on other MA programmes, you will develop the foundations of Level 7 academic knowledge and skills, critically reflecting across both academic and professional contexts.  You will learn about theoretical underpinnings, competing frameworks and approaches, and the implications for ethical and effective practice.

Triangulating Theory and Practice

This module will help you build confidence in examining theories that drive calls for action and prescriptions of best practice in education. You will be introduced to a small range of important thinkers that exert influence on educational thought and practice and discuss their relevance to your own working context.

Contemporary Issues in Education

This is a sequence of lectures, guest lectures and seminars on different, highly topical issues in education. You’ll cover topics such as neuroscience and the learning brain, gender and transgender in education, social justice and disadvantage, teacher resilience and the evolving role of research in educational settings.

Research Methods for Childhood, Education and Family Support

In this research module you’ll focus on methods appropriate to the broad and complex field of education. You will consolidate your understanding of what ‘methodology’ means in academic work, and explore your options as a researcher. This will culminate in the construction of your own fully justified research proposal in preparation for your dissertation year.

Dissertation or Major Study

In this module you will finalise your research proposal and then carry out your research on an aspect of your own professional practice or a current issue in education. Bespoke support will be offered by a dedicated supervisor with regular top-up training throughout the dissertation year to support your independent study – for example in ethics, coding and data analysis.

Course Structure

This is a part-time course that consists of three year-long phases. For applicants with existing relevant Level 7 credits, or significant relevant experience, entry directly into Phase 2 may be possible through the Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

PhaseTermModuleContact hours
Postgraduate Certificate
(60 credits)
September - December
Introduction to Postgraduate Study of Childhood, Education and Family Support 10 x 3-hour sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing


January - June

Triangulating Theory and Practice 8 x 3-hour sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing
Postgraduate Diploma
(120 credits)
1 and 2
September - March
Contemporary Issues in Education 8 x 3-hour sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing

March - June
Research Methods for Childhood, Education and Family Support

8 x 3-hour sessions, plus
assignment research
and writing
MA Education
(180 credits)
1, 2 and 3 Dissertation/Major Study 1 x 6-hour Saturday
sessions plus 6 x
3-hour sessions


Learning and Teaching

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


You’ll be assessed by a range of written forms, presentations and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills you’ll develop within the programme.

Employability-relevant forms of presentation and critique – including posters, information leaflets and evidence-based briefs – are also used.

You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your topic of choice for the written summative assessment undertaken. There are no exams.

Entry Requirements

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, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

The normal entry requirement is a good honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent) (usually 2.2 or above). 

All students will normally need to meet the following additional requirement:

  • Hold a teaching/tutoring/training/managing/supporting learning role in an educational context;
  • Have regular and sustained access to such a context in a voluntary capacity.


You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching/training/supporting/managing learning role in an educational context to allow you to complete the assignments.

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

Applications that do not meet these requirements may still be considered. Any such applicants will be required to attend an informal interview with the Admissions Tutor to discuss their suitability for the programme.

Please contact our Admissions Tutor, Andrew Pearce, for more information about entry points and the Recognition of Prior Learning process on 0113 283 7100 ext. 433 or

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

How to apply

How to apply

Download the application form below. This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Return the completed form to our admissions team: 

Admissions Team
Leeds Trinity University
LS18 5HD

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.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.

Download ma-education-application-form.docx

Why study with us?


Leeds Trinity University was founded as a teacher training college in 1966.

Although we’ve diversified and expanded over the years, a commitment to developing outstanding educators and being at the heart of contemporary education debates has remained at the heart of what we do.

Education is constantly changing, so we make sure our course reflects this by responding to emerging issues and challenges.

Our seminars are characterised by lively topical discussion, provocative questioning, and a focus on finding solutions to ‘real world’ educational challenges.

Your individual experience is a valued part of this debate, and you will be able to both give and receive context-specific narratives about the ways in which policy is interpreted and enacted in diverse educational settings.

With our extensive network of education contacts and partners in all areas of education, we will help you gain a new perspective beyond your institution – at local, national and international levels.

You will meet and share experiences with practitioners from different phases, sectors, and locations and learn from expert speakers, who will share their research and narratives about their own career pathways.

Many of our alumni report that their MA experiences have been a crucial step in their career progression or career diversification, offering a 'wide-angle lens' on education that has helped them stand out from their peers when seeking promotion or new employment.

The course is designed and delivered by active researchers with extensive experience in education.

Our module leaders will share a breadth of expertise gathered from careers in schools, work-based learning, educational publishing, academic research and assessment. 

They’ll work with you to develop your own research practice and academic writing, as well as sharing a wide range of challenging and stimulating texts written by the leading experts in education.

Your MA Education may only last for up to three years, but you’ll be able to access lifelong learning opportunities as a Leeds Trinity graduate.

Our alumni mentor our PGCE trainees, write and publish books with our academics, and contribute to local and national conferences and seminars.

This thriving community of MA Education graduates stays connected to the course, sharing narratives of their experiences of study, and their  resulting career advancements.

If you have existing Level 7 credits or significant relevant experience, you may be able to enter directly on to Phase Two of the MA through our Recognition of Prior Learning procedure.

If you have studied your PGCE at Leeds Trinity, for example, you will have gained 60 credits which you can use towards your MA – this will enable you to progress straight to the second year, reducing your MA time and costs by a year.


You will become a member of the Leeds Trinity Education Network (LTEN), and receive regular updates on blogs, podcasts, case studies, and CPD.

Receive an alumni discount

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA  Tuition fees. 

See our Student Finance pages for further information.