GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or equivalent
Other course specific tests:
A Foundation Degree, Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent qualification in Child and Family Studies or a similar discipline.
A qualification at NVQ Level 4 with at least two years experience in a senior post working with children, young people or families evidenced through a portfolio of work and an extended piece of writing (to be set after interview).
Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum 4 hours contact each week.
If you are a mature student, or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits overall, with 45 grades credits at Level 3 of which 30 must be at Merit and 15 at Pass.
Alternative entry scheme for Mature applicants
If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and you don't have the required GCSE qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme (subject to meet the eligibiity for the Scheme). As part of this you may be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.
How to apply
Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.
We will treat all applications individually. We'll take into account an applicant's life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team, and if you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview which will involve a written task.
Once you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.
Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021
UK: See fees section below
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the UK government and may vary if policy changes.
EU students starting in 2021/22
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2022 entry
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. In other years, the government has confirmed fee levels in the summer. When the fee is confirmed we will publish an update on all course pages.
Tuition fees for new international students for 2022 entry
Tuition fees for international students are published on each individual course page. These are usually published a year in advance, so 2022 course fees should be available from September 2021.
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
You will study at 67% intensity (80 credits) in year 1. Fees for 2021/22 are £6,167 (67% of £9,250). In year 2 you will study at 33% intensity (40 credits) and the fee will be calculated at 33% of the full-time fee agreed for that year.
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.