Forge links between theory and practice; learn about the complex forces that shape the world of education and develop your practical skills as an a educator through work placements, one in every year of the course.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 with minimum 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
DBS check required.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code X321
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-timeHow to apply for this course
BA (Hons) Primary Education is for students who are interested in the world of young people, how they learn and how education systems support their development. The course offers 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.
BA (Hons) Primary Education 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.
There are numerous 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.
The course comes to fruition with an independent research project in your third year and our annual education conference provides an opportunity to share research, and outcomes from the range of learning experiences you take part in.
Megan: My name is Megan Swan, and I did the BA Primary Education degree. I chose to do that course because there's two routes in, usually a BA or BEd, and to be honest with you, I wanted to learn a lot about educational theory and why people teach the way they do, so that was the best route to do that. I am now a reception class teacher, so I am in charge of 30 four to five year olds. I have two teaching assistants. And because I'm also an early years teacher, so I qualified at the same time, I will also have an early years trainee with me.
So I think with doing primary education as the degree, it sets you up. Every year, so you've got three years, you build a really solid base of knowledge, and you build on it and build on it, and you put it more and more into practice. And I think it prepares you for the real world. And Marjon has definitely given me those skills to go forward in my teaching practice, to continually make it better. And the theory side of it is so important to be able to do that.
I think in terms of networking, it provided one of the biggest networks we could have. We did quite a few different placements. I think I went into four different schools throughout the whole time. And actually, you go in there, you get chatting to teachers and head teachers, and they get to recognize you, so when you come to applying for jobs and things like that, you have an idea of if that kind of school is for you and you've kind of got your foot in the door already a little bit. And that was a huge thing. I've currently got my first teaching job through a placement that I took with Marjon. I volunteered at the school; three years later, they've hired me. So, I think that kind of works really nicely as well opportunity wise.
I'd say, come and see the uni. Definitely. That is the biggest thing. Because I think once you get there, you can just feel what Marjon's about, and you get there and you see it in the everyday staff that are in the shop or all the people who are walking around, and people are chatting. We're all so linked and, social wise, it's very social. And we've now got a really good mix of events going on. And just to come along and to talk to people, to get a real feel for it. And trust me when I say, give it an hour, you'll get a good feel for Marjon, I think, just walking around.
Sets you up perfectly for postgraduate teacher training.
Readies you for teaching or a related profession.
Partnerships with hundreds of schools across the South West and London.
Learn about the complex and multifaceted world of education and the experiences of children.
Work with practising teachers on your modules, giving you an insight into the realities of the classroom.
An enrichment programme with practising teachers to learn about exciting new initiatives in the primary curriculum.
"Marjon has helped me to become confident within myself and has helped me to become a better person. I have developed so much in the last three years and I can now safely say I hope to teach for the rest of my life."
“I have really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss ideas with my lecturers and my fellow students. The fact that my lecturers come from a range of educational backgrounds means lots of different opinions are visible to me. This course has allowed me the opportunity to develop my skills for teaching children and learning about how children learn best. I am hoping to teach English as a foreign language in Asia and feel more sure of my philosophy of education as a result of this course.”
Why our education system is the way it is
How children learn and develop throughout their school lives
What children learn in school and how this is done successfully
What it is like to be in a primary classroom and working with primary-aged children
How teachers and other professionals practice effectively
How education may develop in the future
BA (Hons) Primary Education sets you up perfectly if you are interested in becoming a primary school teacher. Postgraduate study, with either PGCE Primary or School Direct, for one year after your course will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career in education, 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.
Secondary teaching is also an option on this course programme, as are graduate jobs in education or other areas.
“BA Primary Education teaches you how to teach, not what to teach. Theories are presented to you by lecturers who are passionate and want to know you to help you achieve. You are given time to reflect, discuss, critique, practice and observe in order to develop your own beliefs and methods for how to teach. I would not be the trainee teacher I am now without the lecturers and this course.”
Chloe is now a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) working in a primary school
“The course was extremely interesting and broad, teaching a wide range of subjects relating to education. This allowed me to develop my critical thinking skills and focus on areas of personal interest, leading me to pursue a career in academia. The tutors were highly knowledgeable, supportive and approachable. I’m now studying the Education Master’s at Marjon with a view to starting a PhD. This course was very enjoyable, reinforcing and extending my ardent interest in educational matters.”
Jemma is now studying for a Master's degree
“ Year 1 introduces a wide range of keystone education philosophies and theories. We explore the nature of education, research and politics, along with the psychology encompassing learning and child development. We start developing as reflective practitioners though work placement experience. Year 2, furthers our knowledge and understanding of education; studying young people, their families and the communities in which they exist. More placements see us apply our academic knowledge within a range of settings. Year 3 brings all of our knowledge, understanding and experience together. We develop our own identities as practitioners; we consider how our own values and beliefs shape us. We make plans planning for the exciting career journeys ahead of us.” ”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Teaching combines lectures and seminars with lots of practical activities and experiences. So, in a typical day, you may well have a lecture on an aspect of educational theory and also be designing a learning activity for a school-based project.
Our assessment is broad and diverse on the programme, giving everyone the chance to shine. Posters, blogs, presentations, essays, practicals, debates: this variety helps you develop your skills and apply your learning in meaningful ways.
Miles is passionate about education and children’s learning. With twenty years’ experience of teaching, he brings enthusiasm and knowledge to the course. His interests include a diverse range of areas related to primary education and he works closely with a number of schools, both for the University and as a school governor.View full profile
Visiting Lecturer in Marjon Teacher Education PartnershipView profile
Marie has worked in Early Years and education for the past thirty years, working in various roles from manager to teaching assistant and with individuals who have special education needs. She is interested in policy, Early Years, active listening and children’s rights.
Kate specialises in Special Educational Needs and Disability. She is a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired.
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.
Jonathan's specialist area is disability studies. He is interested in viewing disability and impairment in terms of the way they impact on inclusion and much of his work is concerned with how social theory can be used to make sense of the lives of disabled people. Jonathan has an acquired brain injury so his work is influenced by direct experience of disbility.
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.
You are going to need to get stuck in to a range of practical activities, so come prepared for working in the outdoors, engaging in practical PE work, and also looking your most professional for placements and projects in schools.