Leeds Trinity opened in 1966 as two Roman Catholic teacher training colleges for Yorkshire - Trinity College for women and All Saints College for men. The two colleges merged in 1980 to form Trinity and All Saints College.
During the 1970s new academic divisions were introduced including humanities, languages, Mathematics and Sciences and Social and Environmental Sciences, enabling students to specialise in another subject in addition to their teacher training. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education was introduced for prospective secondary school teachers.
After the college merger in 1980, the degrees became more modular in design enabling students to undertake wide-ranging professional studies and explore different occupational routes, with the BEd being phased out by the end of the decade, and postgraduate teacher training offered at primary and secondary level.
During the 1990s postgraduate provision was extended beyond Education to Journalism, Victorian Studies and research degree opportunities and a number of single honours academic programmes were launched.
In 1991 Leeds Trinity was designated a College of the University of Leeds, and established a formal accreditation agreement with the university in 2001. In 2009 Leeds Trinity gained taught degree awarding powers from the Privy Council, and became a university college with the right to award its own degrees.
In November 2012, following the government’s announcement that the qualifying threshold for university title will be lowered from 4,000 to 1,000 students, it was announced that it would be recommended to the Privy Council that 10 institutions,including Leeds Trinity, should be granted university status. The change of title was made in December 2012.