BEd (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS)X120

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • It’s no wonder our students love this course; Marjon teaching graduates progress quickly and so earn more than graduates from other universities in the South West and Wales.

    This versatile and dynamic primary education degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the ideal preparation for a successful and rewarding career in primary teaching, enabling you to embark on your teaching career straight after finishing your studies. Plymouth Marjon University is widely praised by Ofsted and the National Student Survey 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 practitioners. From the start of the course students work in a range of schools gradually building up confidence and expertise.

    This comprehensive course is carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach all the National Curriculum subjects through working with experienced and passionate tutors in interactive and practical teaching sessions. Along with these subject studies, you’ll develop a thorough grounding in all the major skills and issues of education including special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour management, setting high expectations and identifying pupil progress, 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, taking part in discussion seminars, giving presentations and writing essays. You’ll also be given the chance to select a specialism in a curriculum subject in years two and three and select a focus for your final-year research dissertation. The comprehensive primary programme ensures you are well-equipped to teach across the curriculum, but also offer additional skills in a chosen area, thereby enhancing your employability.

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

1st Year
  • Curriculum studies: foundation subjects & religious education
  • Foundations of learning - literacy and numeracy
  • Child development & early learning
  • Professional studies & first teaching practice (20 serial days and 4 week block)
  • Professional skills of the teacher
  • Curriculum studies: core subjects
2nd Year
  • Inclusion & primary education
  • Professional studies: developing as a teacher
  • Curriculum studies: developing
  • Foundation subjects & RE
  • Curriculum studies: developing core subject knowledge
  • Managing medium-term teaching & learning
  • Second teaching practice (8 serial days and a 6 week block)
  • Specialism: enhancing knowledge & understanding
  • Curriculum studies: deepening core subject understanding
  • Enhanced placement (up to 3 weeks)
3rd Year
  • Final teaching practice (10 week block)
  • Specialism: critical application of knowledge and understanding
  • Professional studies: current issues for the teacher
  • Dissertation

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 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 90% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad which is above national rate. 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 course leader is Sally Eales and the programme team is made of up of highly enthusiastic and experienced tutors, all of whom have a range of experience teaching in different types of schools. The 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.