Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Primary Education Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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Course summary

TEF Silver

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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If you want to understand primary education and you might wish to become a primary teacher, this course will suit you. You’ll explore what it’s like to teach and complete a placement in each year with a minimum of 20 hours in a school.
Whilst a BEd is a fast track to teaching, this gives you more time to consider the theories behind education before deciding what to do. You do not need to pass QTS skills tests and you will not gain Qualified Teacher Status, however you can follow this course with a PGCE or School Direct course.

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.

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Why study at Marjon?
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Ranked in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published 23 Sept 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates.

Course details


Sara - Third year, BA Primary Education
“In the first year we enjoyed exploring children’s literature and we learnt the skills to reflect on our own practice. The second year had a range of modules such as outdoor education and forest school which were both taught on site. During the leadership and management module we learnt skills for being a teacher and progressing into senior leadership. In the third year we will complete a dissertation, rounded up with a module of learning the importance of play within children’s learning.”

1st Year
Learning to learn in Higher Education
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Education studies
Child Development
Children’s Literature and Drama in Education

2nd Year
Research Methods in Education
Global Childhoods
Critical Approaches to Numeracy in the Primary School
Experiential Placement
Pedagogical Paradigms
Learning and Teaching

3rd Year
Research Project
Leadership and Quality in Education
Supporting Children and Young People
Developing a Personal Philosophy of Education

Assessment method

Through a variety of tasks including poster presentations, the making of artefacts, essays, exams and blogs. Your teaching is not assessed at this point, allowing you the chance to experiment and reflect on what does and does not work in your teaching style.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X321
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level CCC Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM We will accept triple grades gained from a combination of other BTEC qualifications
Access to HE Diploma Achieve 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 level 3 credits at Distinction
AS We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs
General Studies is excluded.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language Grade C or 4 or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)
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