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BA (Hons) Primary Education

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.

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Entry requirements

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

T Level Grade P (C+) DBS check required

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and students. All students are expected to share this commitment and demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and students. All students are expected to share this commitment and demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.

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).

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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Course Summary

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.

Why this course at Marjon?

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

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

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 plan for the exciting career journeys ahead of us
Patricia Cox - Third year, BA (Hons) Primary Education

1st Year

Educational themes and concepts
This module introduces you to the big themes and ideas in education today – schools, learning, the curriculum, the influence of politics – and prepares you with the crucial foundation for your studies over the three years. Engage in debate, share your thinking and hone your academic skills.
Creative & inclusive practice
You'll get to grips with two of the key themes in education today, creativity and inclusion. Through practical projects, you begin to reflect on your own opinions about these important ideas and how practitioners can develop a learning environment that supports them effectively.
Schools & learning environments
We live in an age of complexity and nowhere is this more evident than in the diverse range of schools that exist. But education doesn’t happen only at school, and in this module you explore the nature of learning environments in the widest sense, taking account of formal and informal positions in relation to education.
Child development
How do children develop and learn? What are some of the key factors in their socialisation and acquisition of language? Why do children play? This module aims to answer these questions and many more as you delve into the critical years of child development.
Children's literature and drama
In this module, you begin to develop your knowledge and understanding of children’s literature and how this shapes their worlds, their language and their imagination. Alongside this, you consider how literature can be brought to life through drama – in particular within the context of practical activity that you lead in a local primary school.
Engaging with practice
This is an opportunity to get stuck into practice and test out some of the theory you have been looking at in the first year. Choosing from a range of projects, you collaborate with your peers to design and lead learning sessions for children, either in their schools or on campus. Deep and guided reflection on these allows you to grow as a practitioner.

2nd Year

Critical enquiry into primary mathematics
Some people love Maths, and some people hate it, but there is no denying its fundamental importance to children and to their life opportunities. In this optional module, we explore the nature of primary school Mathematics, how it is taught, how children learn and why it is so important.
Learning in the outdoors
This module brings you outside the classroom and encourages you to consider the value of outdoor education for primary children. From woodlands to beach settings, how can the outdoors be used as a vehicle for development and learning. Explore the theory and the practice of creativity in the outdoors.
Education and sustainability
In an ever-changing world, the environment has become a critical issue for the future. This module invites you to consider the role of learning about sustainability within education. How do we encourage a sense of citizenship and responsibility through educational settings?
Ideas, theories and paradigms
Teachers teach in many different ways and there are a wide variety of philosophical positions about how to teach successfully. From child-centred approaches to traditional didactic practice, why do teachers do what they do, what philosophical outlook underpins their practice and how do you perceive yourself to be as a practitioner.
Learning & teaching
Learning is undoubtedly a complicated and controversial idea and in this module we unpick some of the issues connected to broad aspects of learning. What is resilience? How do children develop this? Can it be taught? How do children become independent in their learning?
Experiential placement
This is the first of two opportunities to engage in an independent experiential placement in a school, or other educational environment or setting. Initiate contact with the setting, devise a plan for your professional development, engage in aspects of practice and then reflect on all of this under the guidance of experienced staff.
Educational research
Equipping you with knowledge and understanding about research design and process, this module enables you to begin thinking about yourself as a researcher, planning and developing ideas for your third-year research. Begin to investigate an area of interest to you and submit a proposal for your third year.

3rd Year

Professional learning in context
Building on your second year placement, engage in further professional development in a school or other setting. This is a chance to consider elements of practice fully, and to reflect on what is happening and why applying critical theoretical perspectives to the issues you see and experiences you have.
Personal philosophy of education
What kind of practitioner are you? By this point in your degree, you will already have a sense of your own ideas about education, and how your own values and experiences shape you. In thinking about your future development and next steps, this module enables you to ground your experiences and thinking, developing a sound and well-conceived philosophy of education.
Quality & leadership in education
We live in a world where performance is measured and this is as true of educational contexts as it is of the world of business. But how do we manage these pressures as professionals working with young people, and how do we make the most of complex systems which can be challenging to operate in?
Supporting children & young people
Children and young people need to be supported in myriad ways. Whether it is a special educational need, issue related to child protection, or medical condition, teachers and practitioners are on the front line, supporting children, young people and their families day in day out. On this module, you consider the principles and practices involved in this support.
Education project
Following on from the submission of your research proposal, the Education Project allows you to engage in primary research, collecting and analysing data under the close supervision of a university tutor. This module encourages autonomy and independence, and gives you scope to develop your researcher skillset.

Current students say...

Shannon Robertson

"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."

Ben Morgan

“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.”

This course is perfect if you’re curious about

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

See where our graduates are now

Chloe Hazell

“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

Jemma Joakim

“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

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

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.

How will you be assessed?

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 Smith

Miles Smith

Course leader

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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 and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £14,500 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.

Funding available for this course

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Marie Bradwell

Associate Lecturer

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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 Firks


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Kate specialises in Special Educational Needs and Disability. She is a Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment and worked across a range of mainstream and special school settings for 20 years. 

Jan Gourd

Senior Lecturer

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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.

Dr Jonathan Harvey

Senior Lecturer

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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 disability.

Hannah Holdgate

Senior Lecturer

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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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