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Learn about the complex forces that shape the world of primary education within the UK and International contexts. You will explore primary education through a theoretical lens, and also engage in practice through a range of projects and placement activities. This degree is the perfect foundation for progressing to initial teacher training in the primary sector, and we are there to help you every step of the way.
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
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-time
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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.
Miles: The primary education BA is quite a broad programme, so it's designed to help students understand about teaching and learning in the primary education sector and about the wider kind of educational industry.
Drawing on international influences, etc but it also looks at, you know, some of those complex ideas around ideology, politics, history, culture, society, which influenced the way education is today.
So it's it's a very broad degree.It's not just about teaching. It's about the whole of the educational experience affecting children and teachers in the education system.
Toby: When I was 17, I started working in school and really enjoyed it. I wanted to make sure I knew what I want to do before I came here. So then I did some experience and then I just knew I wanted to qualify as a teacher. From Primary think you can make more of a difference at a younger age, I think that's more important right now. I know I'm in that school three days a week, so I think that's massively helped having placement alongside my theory work. I think it's good that you can reflect and think what works and you can try new things you're always getting ideas about what you can implement in the classroom. And then I know myself, I'll go in and think, oh, we did this or try that and see what works and what doesn't work. I think it's good to actually put into practice what you're learning. It's local. I wouldn't want to move away. It's close to placements and I know a lot of schools around here, so if I need a placement local, I can get here. Yeah, I wouldn't want to do my PGCE anywhere else.
Georgina:I did work experience at secondary school and I basically influenced a child and encourage their maths skills and it just felt really rewarding, and then I was determined from then onwards to work as a teacher. Because of maybe like my special needs in some sense. My mom was concerned that I wouldn't cope in a big crowd. So Marjon was better because it was smaller groups. I have more special support for like one on one basis if I needed it. I have academic support and the person I do it with, they're fantastic. I tell them my plan and then they encouraged me, get me enthusiastic about it and then we make a plan to review it for the next week and see how much I've got done, and then we'll build our next steps again.
Megan: My name is Megan Swan, and I did the BA Primary Education Degree. I chose to do that course because there's like two routes in, usually a BA or a BEd and to be honest with you, I wanted to learn a lot about educational theory and kind of why you teach people teach the way they do. So that was the best route I think to do that. So I am now a reception class teacher, so I am in charge of thirty four to five year olds. I think with doing Primary Education as the degree, it sets you up to kind of every year. So you've got three years You kind of you build like a really solid base of knowledge and it builds and builds in 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. I think in terms of like networking, it provided one of the biggest kind of networks we could have. We did quite a few different placements. So I've had had a huge variety. I think I went into four different schools throughout the whole time, and actually, like you go in there, you get chatting to teachers and head teachers, and then you get to recognise when you come to applying for jobs and things like that, You have an idea if if that kind of school was for you and you 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 check with Marjon when 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.
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
“ 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”
"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 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
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.
Course leaderView full profile
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.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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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.
Senior LecturerView profile
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.
Senior LecturerView 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.
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