Leeds Trinity University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.11 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.01 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.17 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    65.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    74.7 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    85.0 / 100.0


  • In fewer than 50 years, Leeds Trinity University has transformed itself from two small Catholic teaching training colleges to an acclaimed university with an excellent track record for launching the careers of thousands of students.
  • While maintaining a reputation for excellence in the training of teachers, Leeds Trinity University has diversified to offer foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of subjects including Business, Education, Humanities, Media, Psychology and Sport.
  • The university also has a long-established reputation for being one of the leading providers of journalism training in the country.
  • Leeds Trinity University pioneered the inclusion of professional work placements with every undergraduate degree, and they remain an integral, assessed part of every degree. This means that all of its students graduate with degree-related work experience, and as a result, 95% of its graduates are working or studying six months after graduating according to the latest statistics from the HESA Destination of Leavers Survey.

Location and Transport

  • Leeds Trinity is located in Horsforth, just a short train or bus journey from Leeds city centre. Travel times from the city centre are 20 minutes by car, 30 minutes by bus, and 10 minutes by train.
  • The university operates a free shuttle bus service to all campus users and visitors which connects the university to Horsforth Railway Station and the amenities of Horsforth. The shuttle operates weekdays during term time.
  • At Leeds Trinity, all facilities, including accommodation, lecture theatres, classrooms, student support services, dining, and sports facilities are located on a green campus with amazing views over the suburbs of Horsforth and Cookridge.

Entry Requirements

  • At least two full A levels or equivalent qualifications (e.g. BTECs; the International Baccalaureate; Cambridge Technicals, Access to HE Certificates and a wide range of other Level 3 qualifications).
  • GCSE English Language (or equivalent) is required for entry to all of our courses. For the old GCSE system, we require C grade or above and for the new grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher.
  • The same grade/score is required for GCSE Maths and Science, depending on the course applied for.
  • 3-year undergraduate courses have a UCAS entry score of 104–112 but our grade-specific courses are the exceptions eg our undergraduate degrees in Primary Education require a BBC (or equivalent) and our undergraduate 2-year degree in Secondary Education, Physical Education and Sport requires an ABB (or equivalent).

Student Mix

The 3,505 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%


  • UK 99%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Course Flexibility

Leeds Trinity University offers courses across the following academic departments:

  • Business
  • Management and Marketing
  • the Institute of Childhood and Education
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Media, Film and Culture
  • Psychology
  • Criminology and Sociology
  •  Sport, Health and Nutrition

The majority of our HEFCE-funded undergraduate courses have a study abroad option.

  • Our students are taught by highly qualified and experienced staff, many of whom have extensive professional experience outside of the University.
  • More information on courses at Leeds Trinity University is available from our website.

Teaching Standards

  • Professional work placements are included with every degree and students benefit from the university's relationships with 1000s of employers. ​
  • We're  proud to have satisfied students, with the most recent NSS results revealing 85% of our 2015 graduates were satisfied with their course.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, including NCTJ, BPS, AfN and BJTC.

Research Standards

  • The university is becoming increasingly renowned for research excellence, particularly in the Arts and Humanities, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Psychology, Education and Social Policy. It is home to the internationally acclaimed Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, an interdisciplinary research centre that played a key role in the establishment of the academic journal, The Journal of Victorian Culture, published by Taylor and Francis, and the foundation of a professional society for Victorianists, the British Association of Victorian Studies.
  • Leeds Trinity’s award of full university status in 2012 created new opportunities for research and research collaboration, and Leeds Trinity will continue to extend its research through the further promotion of a culture which values first-rate scholarship. In particular, the university has enhanced its reputation in pedagogic research by creating an Institute for Childhood and Education. By pooling the expertise of its acclaimed departments of Primary Education, Secondary Education and Children, Young People and Families, the Institute will collaborate with sector agencies operating in Children’s Services and Education to develop innovative, research-based approaches to practice in this challenging area.
  • Leeds Trinity is expanding its postgraduate research provision and offers a number of fully funded PhD Studentships each year. Research students at Leeds Trinity benefit from the university’s long-standing connections with the heritage sector, religious organisations, education providers, criminal justice system and a variety of industry links.
  • In recognition of the university's research excellence, some of Leeds Trinity University's research was rated as 4*, world-leading, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses all the research published by UK institutions. 20 per cent of all Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management research outputs have been identified as world-leading. In addition, 10 per cent of its English Language and Literature research outputs were also rated 4*, world-leading.

Academic Strengths

  • Staying true to its teacher training foundations, the university has maintained its reputation for excellence in the training of teachers.
  • Over the years, the university has diversified to offer foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of subjects including Business, Education, Humanities, Media, Psychology and Sport.
  • In particular, the university has a long-established reputation for being one of the leading providers of journalism training in the country. It is renowned for the quality of its vocational training, which is enhanced by partnerships with organisations such as the BBC and Bauer Media.
  • Many alumni are household names, occupying senior positions across all regional and national print, broadcast and online media including editorial positions on Radio 4 Today and BBC 5 live Breakfast.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

The Learning Centre

  • The Andrew Kean Learning Centre is home to Leeds Trinity's Library, and has plenty of study spaces and IT facilities for students to use during their study.
  • Students can complete group work in one of the Learning Centre's bookable study rooms, delve into their reading in the silent study zones or research their coursework in the IT rooms and 24-hour IT lab.
  • Students can bring their own computer, or use one of Leeds Trinity's 250 PCs or hire a laptop, and enjoy learning in a modern, well-designed space.

The library

  • In the library, students can access Leeds Trinity's print and multimedia collections, which have been developed specifically to support students' courses.
  • Students can start their research by investigating over 550,000 electronic books, 58,000 electronic journals or one of the collection of specialist subject databases – all accessible 24 hours a day through Leeds Trinity's remote access service.

Dedicated staff

  • Leeds Trinity's Liaison Librarians are all subject specialists who work in partnership with academic staff to make sure the library is as relevant as possible for each course.
  • That means there are always people on-hand to help students find the right resource or give them one-to-one support. Students can also talk to library staff if they have any issues.
  • The library is open until midnight four days a week, meaning students will have plenty of opportunities to make the most of this space.

Trinity Enterprise Centre

  • If students are interested in starting a business or have a brilliant idea waiting to be turned into reality, they can use the free facilities and support at the Trinity Enterprise Centre.
  • It offers flexible opening hours, business mentoring and bookable meeting rooms alongside a range of other business support for entrepreneurial students.

Media Centre

  • Leeds Trinity's Media Centre has been designed to echo the fast-paced world of TV and radio production.
  • Housed in a purpose-built centre, the Media Centre comprises industry-quality television and radio studios, an iMac IT lab, a multimedia PC lab and individual video editing suites.
  • For Media and Journalism students, the Media Centre is there to support practical modules in production, drama and documentary film-making.
  • Any student can access it, whatever course they're on, to help enhance their portfolio or create impressive group work.

Trinity vision

  • In the Media Centre, students will also find Trinity Vision, the university’s in-house professional production company.
  • Trinity Vision works with local businesses and community organisations to develop video and media content, including promotional videos and idents.
  • As a student at Leeds Trinity, you can apply for a professional work placement at Trinity Vision and gain experience in camera skills, editing and new media.
  • It’s a great way to get noticed by potential employers and many of our placement students have gone on to work for Trinity Vision and its external clients after graduation.

Industry-standard equipment

  • The equipment and spaces are updated on a rolling programme to make sure students will always be able to access industry-standard, high quality software and hardware.
  • For on-the-go recording, students can book portable equipment from a Loan Counter, including camcorders, sound and lighting equipment, audio recorders and more – all great for developing university projects into something extra special.

Food and drink

  • There are three dedicated spaces on campus for eating and drinking, with each offering something different – whether students are unwinding after a day in the library or re-fuelling for an afternoon’s study. The Food Court is the main catering area on campus, with plenty of space for students. The team prepares fresh salads, sandwiches and hot food to eat in or take-away. Grab a coffee and snack en route to lectures at the Atrium Café near Reception. With Starbucks coffee and a range of drinks, snacks, sandwiches and cakes, it’s perfect for a quick lunch (or mid-afternoon break).
  • In the evening, students can visit The Lounge, the on-campus bar and social hub of the university. Play pool, watch sports, catch up with friends or get something to eat before seeing what the Leeds Trinity Students’ Union has got to offer that night.

Free wi-fi and shuttle bus

  • There is free wi-fi available across campus.
  •  A free shuttle bus is available for all students, linking the University to Horsforth train station and the local amenities of Horsforth.

Disability Services

  • Leeds Trinity University's Dyslexia and Disability Support Service offers support to all students with physical, mental, or learning disabilities in order to ensure that they are able to thrive and succeed.
  • All current and potential students are encouraged to get in touch to have a chat about what Leeds Trinity can do to support them – please email disability.support@leedstrinity.ac.uk or telephone 0113 283 7138.

Students' Union

  • When you become a student at Leeds Trinity University, you automatically become a member of Leeds Trinity Students' Union (LTSU). Membership entitles you to support and advice from an experienced team on every aspect of university life – as well as providing incredible entertainment throughout the year.
  • LTSU runs a student welfare service to make sure all students are looked after. Visit LTSU to get confidential advice and useful materials on health, wellbeing and safety. It also runs a housing service which can help students as they move away from campus accommodation to find the perfect home in nearby student-friendly areas.
  • Every year, students elect new representatives to run LTSU, so they can be guaranteed that your voice will be heard. LTSU works with the university to improve students' course, campus and student experience by finding out what matters most to them and putting their ideas forward. Get involved with improving the university by volunteering as a course rep or committee member, or stand for a council role at the LTSU elections – maybe even as Vice President or President. If you’re keen to help other students have a great university experience, getting involved with LTSU is an ideal opportunity. LTSU also supports students by giving you the skills you need to make the most of it.
  • LTSU is at the heart of entertainment on campus, designing a programme of activities through the year from Freshers’ Week to the Graduation Ball. Watch live bands, play sports, see some stand-up comedy or come along to workshops and events to have fun and make new friends. Plus, there are clubs and societies for everything from film to cheerleading – and if you’ve got a real passion for something, LTSU will help you start your own.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers and Employability Team at Leeds Trinity houses the Jobshop which can help students find part-time and vacation work, giving them an opportunity to earn while they learn and gain invaluable experience.
  • The Jobshop advertises student jobs and they'll also advertise graduate jobs and provide other graduate listings to prepare them for life after university.

Careers Guidance

We offer a range of advisory and information services to all students across the university and recent graduates. These include Careers guidance appointments and term-time drop-ins. A discussion with a careers advisor is likely to be able to help to:

  • Tell students how to approach course, careers and employer research.
  • Signpost to sources of information.
  • Give help progressing an individual’s career-decision making.
  • Describe routes into careers.
  • Discuss and give advice about application forms, CVs, covering letters, LinkedIn profiles, job interviews.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university is committed to providing its students with the best experience possible by continually investing in ongoing improvements to the campus buildings and facilities. A new student accommodation is being built for 2016, which will comprise 228 bedrooms, a social learning space, launderette and communal courtyard. The building is due for completion in September 2016.
  • New Outdoor Changing Rooms have been built which include changing rooms, toilets, referee changing rooms, equipment storage rooms, a plant room and disabled facilities.
  • We have received planning permission to extend the Andrew Kean Learning Centre. This extension will extend the library space and provide additional teaching and learning space for our students. We aim to start the building work in Apri/May 2016, with an estimated completion date of spring/summer 2017. ​

Notable Alumni

Award-winning and highly successful, Leeds Trinity's alumni can be found making their mark in newsrooms, classrooms, media, sports and voluntary organisations and boardrooms throughout Yorkshire, the UK, and the world. Notable alumni include:

  • The Kaiser Chiefs' Nick Hodgson
  • BBC Sports Commentator Jon Champion
  • Sky Sports News Presenter Natalie Sawyer
  • Actor Julian Jarrold
  • Novelist Dorothy Koomson
  • Author and Broadcaster Gervase Phinn
  • Celebrity Florist Paula Pryke
  • Film and TV Director Eddy Marshall
  • BBC 6Music Presenter Shaun Keaveney
  • Italian athlete Fiona May

Further Details

Address Leeds Trinity University
Brownberrie Lane
LS18 5HD
UCAS Code L24