Primary Education (Early Years) (with QTS) at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS

Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Primary Education (Early Years) (with QTS)

Course summary

Combining an Honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), this course will enable you to teach within the early years foundation stage and across Key Stage 1. Theoretical and practical sessions in University give you a base for extensive classroom and early years experiences, where you will use your growing expertise in the age range 3-7. This course follows the same first year as the BEd (Hons) Primary Education but with specialisms in the second and third years. As such, you may switch between courses after the first year. Why this course at Marjon? • Diverse range of placement experiences, starting with a partner and gradually taking over full classrooms, in early years and nursery settings, including in London. • Optimise your CV for working in both primary and early years settings. • 100% of students go on to work or study within six months of finishing (Unistats 2018). • Engage with the areas of learning and development in the early years foundation stage alongside all the primary curriculum subjects, which is a standout feature on your CV. What might I become? This course enables you to start work as a Newly Qualified Teacher in a primary school or an early years setting, where expertise in early years would be a distinct advantage. Find out more at Open Day Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Primary Education – Early Years at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why Marjon graduates are the top earning education graduates in the South West**. 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)


MarkAndrew Dearden- Course Lead, Primary Education – Early Years; “You start by learning what it takes to be an outstanding teacher and take that into your first teaching placement. As well as a focus on developing your core subject area skills, you will develop skills in planning, delivering and reviewing lessons. Further teaching practice takes place in the second year and subject knowledge is built up in foundation subjects. You’ll focus on how to teach for different needs in the classroom, including special educational needs. In the third year you will develop knowledge in a specialism of your choosing, undertake a dissertation and take on a substantial teaching placement.” 1st Year Curriculum studies: Foundation subjects & Religious Education Foundations of learning: Literacy & numeracy Child development & early learning Professional studies & first teaching practice – EYFS and Key Stage Professional skills of the teacher Curriculum studies: Core subjects 2nd Year Inclusion & primary education Professional studies: Developing as a teacher The role of play in developing learning Curriculum studies: Developing core subject knowledge Managing medium-term teaching & learning Second teaching practice - EYFS Planning the Early Years curriculum Curriculum studies: Deepening core subject understanding Enhanced placement 3rd Year Final teaching practice – EYFS or Key Stage Early learning in a nursery setting: Experience in foundation stage Enhancing the role of the Early Years specialist Dissertation

Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework only through a range of creative assignments including portfolios, presentations, designing and making resources and written assignments. Placement assessment is carried out by school mentors and university tutors against the Teachers’ Standards.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • National College for Teaching and Leadership

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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

Additional fee information

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