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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Primary Education (with QTS)

UCAS Code: X120

Bachelor of Education (with Honours) - BEd (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Excluding General Studies

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.

Pass with 30-42 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 18 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 5 in English Language, Mathematics and Science (any Science subject)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades

UCAS Tariff

112

Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications

50%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Primary teaching

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 praised by Ofsted 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.

The University has a unique pedigree and heritage in training teachers, with the founders of the original Colleges of St Mark & St John inventing the notion of a serious preparation for teachers over 175 years ago. Since then, the University has had an unrivalled impact and reputation for populating this country, and indeed the world, with high quality, energetic new teachers. The high quality is still very much in evidence, with ratings consistently above the sector on the National Student Survey (NSS). In 2018, overall satisfaction levels for this programme were 95% and the university is ranked 12th in the country. The Times Good University Guide (2019) ranks Marjon first in England for teaching quality and 10th for student experience.

This carefully structured course will 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 in specialist primary teaching rooms. 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.

You’ll also be given the chance to select a specialism curriculum area in years two and three and choose a focus for your final-year research dissertation. Support with applications and interviews prepare you for your first post. Rates of employment are very high for Marjon primary graduates, who also progress quickly in their careers, earning more than teaching graduates from other universities in the south west and Wales after five years (LEO data DfE 2017). This comprehensive primary programme, which supports individual development, ensures you are well-equipped to teach across the curriculum, but also offer additional skills in a chosen area, thereby enhancing your employability and opportunities for promotion.

Modules

1st Year: Curriculum studies: Foundation subjects & Religious Education, Foundations of learning: Literacy & numeracy, Child development & early learning, Professional studies & first teaching practice, 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 & Religious Education, Curriculum studies: Developing core subject knowledge, Managing medium-term teaching & learning, Second teaching practice, Specialism: Enhancing knowledge & understanding, Curriculum studies: Deepening core subject understanding, Enhanced placement; 3rd Year: Final teaching practice, Specialism: Critical application of knowledge and understanding, Professional studies: Current issues for the teacher, Dissertation.

Assessment methods

By coursework only through a range of creative assignments including portfolios, presentations, designing and making resources and written assignments. Placement assessment is carried out by school mentors and university tutors against the Teachers’ Standards.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Department:

Marjon Teacher Education Partnership

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Primary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

67%
Teaching and educational professionals
19%
Childcare and related personal services
2%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Primary teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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