Primary Education at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS

Course summary

Learn about the complex forces that shape the world of primary education within the UK and International contexts. You will explore primary education through a theoretical lens, and also engage in practice through a range of projects and placement activities. This degree is the perfect foundation for progressing to initial teacher training in the primary sector, and we are there to help you every step of the way. If you're interested in the world of young people, how they learn and how education systems support their development, this course is for you. You'll have the opportunity to critically examine and question current education systems (nationally and internationally), their historical roots and the profound effect that culture and society have on the lives of young people. It also enables you to develop knowledge of the broad and complex issues that children face and how educators support them in their learning. Education is no simple matter, and on this course you unpick many of the controversies related to curriculum, inclusion, creativity, and the nature of teaching. You explore in detail how children learn and develop, how they acquire language, become competent learners, learn to socialise, as well as how they participate and behave within school contexts. This course is ideal if you are considering a career in primary education, and it caters to students from a wide range of backgrounds. So, whether you are a school or college leaver, or if you are a mature student and have already been working in the education sector, this course can take you one further step towards achieving your professional goals. You'll have opportunities to engage in practice, working alongside children in projects and on placement. These experiences allow you to reflect on the nature of practice, how children learn, and what you are like as a professional in education. Working collaboratively with your peers, or on individual and personalised placements that you help facilitate, you develop skills in planning, managing time, communicating information, and producing digital resources. Why this course at Marjon? • Learn within a hugely experienced education team with a wide variety of expertise. • Placement projects available each year, working with a tutor in a school. • Take time to practise for your QTS skills tests and take any GCSEs you are missing. • Work with practising teachers on your modules, giving you an insight into the realities of the classroom. What might I become? Many students go on to a primary teaching qualification through School Direct or PGCE, and this course fully prepares you for those routes, including helping you to review what type of teacher you might become. Other opportunities include early years teacher training, community education, youth work, children’s workforce professionals or educational officers. Find out more at Open Day Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Primary Education at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why we are ranked second in the UK for teaching quality*. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies. Book on to an Open Day at: Why study at Marjon? • Small, person-focused university • No.2 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024) • No.4 university in the UK for Career Prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023) • No.4 uni in England for Education (Student Experience) (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)


Year 1 An Introduction to Education (immersive) Creative & Inclusive Practice Schools & Learning Environments Child Development Children’s Literature and Drama Engaging with Practice Year 2 Critical Perspectives on Numeracy/Creativity in the Outdoors (options) Sustainability and Education Pedagogical Paradigms Learning & Teaching Experiential Placement Year 3 Educational Research Experiential Placement Personal Philosophy of Education Quality & Leadership in Education Supporting Children & Young People Education Project

Assessment method

Blog Contribution to debate Digital presentation Digital resource Essay Learning Journal Learning Resource Portfolio Practical Presentation Reflective portfolio Structured Assignment Teaching resource Vlog

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 – Higher National Certificate or evidence of 120 Credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum. Year 3 – Foundation Degree or evidence of 240 credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Primary Education at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS