BEd (Hons) Primary Education - Early Years (with QTS)X310

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Build on your natural passion for working with young children and boost your future employment prospects. This versatile and dynamic programme with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the ideal preparation for a successful and rewarding career in primary or early years teaching, enabling you to embark on your teaching career straight after finishing your studies. Plymouth Marjon University is widely praised by Ofsted for providing a comprehensive and enriching teacher training programme. Building on long established partnerships with a diverse range of schools all students have ample opportunities to learn with experienced primary and early years practitioners. From the start of the course students work in a range of schools gradually building up confidence and expertise.

    This comprehensive course allows students to explore their love of teaching with a specific focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, with an overall primary coverage. It is carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach all the National Curriculum subjects as well as providing specific opportunities to teach in nursery and reception classes. This breadth of experience will enable you to specialise with the age groups you particularly enjoy working with whilst ensuring you have the breadth of skills required by all primary schools.  Through working with experienced and passionate tutors in interactive and practical teaching sessions you’ll develop a thorough grounding in all the major skills and issues of education including special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour management, planning and assessment, managing the teaching and learning of a classroom team, child development and learning through play.

    By combining academic study and practical experience in a range of placement settings in the south west, London and abroad, you are fully prepared to embark on your NQT year. Opportunities also include working in special schools, outdoor centres and other educational settings or leading specific projects with children and young people from a range of backgrounds.

    Assessment on this programme is by coursework only and a range of creative assignments enable you to demonstrate your ability to apply theory to practice. Support for academic study is provided throughout enabling you to develop both your academic and professional skills. As a participant, you’ll receive ample opportunity to highlight your own qualities through making resources, take part in discussion seminars, giving presentations and writing essays.

    In years two and three you will focus more specifically on early years practice and work with experienced teachers in schools and in the university. You will also select an early years focus for your final-year research dissertation. The comprehensive programme ensures you are well-equipped to teach the primary and early years curriculum and is particularly suitable for students who wish to focus on key stage 1 and the foundation stage whilst still having a good understanding of teaching across the primary school.

    Teachers graduating from our Education programmes are the top earners in the South West and Wales according to data released by the Department for Education in 2017.


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All modules are compulsory to provide good coverage across all the key areas:

1st Year
  • Professional Studies & first teaching practice (20 serial days and 4 week block)
  • Child development & early learning
  • Foundations for learning- literacy and numeracy
  • Curriculum studies: foundation subjects & religious education
  • Professional skills of the teacher
  • Curriculum studies: core subjects
2nd Year
  • Professional studies: developing as a teacher
  • Inclusion & primary education
  • The role of play in developing learning
  • Second teaching practice (8 serial days and a 6 week block)
  • Managing medium term teaching and learning
  • Curriculum studies: developing core subject knowledge
  • Planning the Early Years curriculum
  • Curriculum studies: deepening core subject understanding
  • Enhanced placement (up to 3 weeks)
3rd Year
  • Final teaching practice (10 week block)
  • Early learning in a nursery setting- experience in foundation stage 1
  • Enhancing the role of the Early Years specialist
  • Dissertation (with Early Years focus)

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The reputation of our trainees, both within and outside of immediate partnership schools in the South West, has resulted in high employability rates, with the University ‘seal of approval’ being recognised by headteachers across the country. Ofsted (2014) praised the University’s ‘effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable’. Many students undertake their teaching practices in London or abroad, therefore your qualification from Plymouth Marjon University will enable you to be a serious consideration for any first post.

Over 95% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad in a range of primary schools and early years settings. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education. Many have gone onto leadership and management positions in mainstream and special schools.

Current Students


Course Leader

The overall course leader is Sally Eales, with Patricia Cunningham leading the Early Years modules. The programme team is made of up of highly enthusiastic and experienced university tutors and teachers from local partnership schools who co-develop the programme modules. The university tutor team includes ex-headteachers, senior managers, advisory staff and subject experts. All are engaged in research, working with schools, teachers and pupils, presenting at conferences, writing books and supporting schools with continuing professional development.