Discover how teaching in the natural environment helps children to thrive and flourish. This course provides a deep understand of how children develop and learn. It is a stepping stone to ready you to study for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a career in the broader outdoor learning sector.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 level 3 credits D/M with minimum 6D.
And GCSE English Language grade 4 or grade C or above.
DBS enhanced clearance required.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code PYOL
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
With our BA (Hons) Outdoor Learning in Early Years and Primary Education you'll discover how to create a teaching environment that helps children to thrive. If you want to understand early years or primary education in the natural environment, then this course is for you!
Discover what it is like to teach children and get robust practical experience with a placement in every year of the course. Explore how people learn about themselves, others and the environment by working outdoors in nature as well as in school and early years settings.
Fieldwork experiences are fundamental to BA (Hons) Outdoor Learning in Early Years and Primary Education; you'll be in the woods at Forest School, in the grounds of a primary school, local park or on Dartmoor, or exploring educational opportunities at the beach.
We will give you the tools to be confident and successful when working outdoors, just bring your wellies!
Learn from an experienced and passionate academic team who have a diverse range of expertise.
Placement projects available each year, working with a tutor in a school, early years setting, or an outdoor setting.
Our close links to hundreds of schools and early years settings help you develop your professional network.
Your classroom will include nature reserves, Dartmoor National Park, beautiful coasts and estuaries.
A wide range of international opportunities including Ireland, Iceland, and Norway.
Well established links with schools and outdoor education settings across the South West.
So why do schools educate indoors?
Why does being in nature make me feel good?
How do you want to change the world?
How can I teach children at the beach when it's right on our doorstep?
Where can I find The Hound of the Baskervilles and how do I take children there?
Are there really any limits to what we can teach through outdoor learning?
Many students go on to a primary teaching through a one-year PGCE Primary or School Direct, making a real difference and contribution to the lives of children. Our postgraduate teacher training students are the most satisfied in the UK across all but one of the categories measured in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2020.
Other opportunities include Early Years Teacher Training (which is currently fully funded by the government), community education, youth work, in outdoor and informal educational settings.
Fees UK students: £9,250
Fees for International students: £12,000
Students are expected to have waterproof clothing and shoes for field trips.
Includes lectures, seminars, workshops, active learning activities, group work, self-directed study and work placements.
Includes essays, presentations, observations and project work.
Mark is an all-rounder in outdoor activities and is known for his research on Forest Schools, Outdoor Learning and Place Based Outdoor Education. He teaches paddling, sailing, hill walking and expeditions. He is an experienced tutor who is internationally known through his publications, research and conference presentations. He draws on previous experience as an Adventure Centre Manager, Sailing Instructor, Head of Science and as Director of the Counsellor in Training program for Camp America.View full profile
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Jayne is an experienced Early Years Teacher and Pre-School Manager with additional insight into primary education, including school governance. She teaches Child Development and Early Years Initial Teacher Training with a focus on Attachment, Transitions and Children's Emotional Development, as well as Leadership in Early Years.
Senior LecturerView profile
Jan was previously a primary head teacher in the South West and she now leads a teaching team at Marjon who together draw on decades of classroom experience and wide-ranging research specialisms to deliver Education courses.
Lecturer in EducationView profile
Hannah is a former SureStart Children's Centre Manager, Nursery Manager and Early Years Professional, assessor and mentor. She is particularly interested in Early Years, Play, Inclusion and Leadership.
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Fiona, is a qualified teacher and RYA qualified powerboat and senior sailing instructor, BCU Coach Inland kayak and Sea, Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor; teaching across the programme on the moor, crag and sea. She brings infectious enthusiasm as well as a wide networks of contacts from many years managing Plymouth City Council’s outdoor education provision before joining team Marjon.
Miles’ Master’s is in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics and he has twenty years of experience teaching, including to adults and children.