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Primary Education - Early Years (with QTS) (Honours), BEd

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Primary Education - Early Years (with QTS) (Honours) programme with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) offered by Plymouth Marjon University is the ideal preparation for a successful and rewarding career in primary or early years teaching, enabling you to embark on your teaching career straight after finishing your studies. 
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Course Overview

Plymouth Marjon University is widely 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 primary and early years practitioners. From the start of the course students work in a range of schools gradually building up confidence and expertise.

The Primary Education - Early Years (with QTS) (Honours) course offered by Plymouth Marjon University allows students to explore their love of teaching with a specific focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, with an overall primary coverage. It is carefully structured to provide you with the skills and subject knowledge required to teach all the National Curriculum subjects as well as providing specific opportunities to teach in nursery and reception classes. This breadth of experience will enable you to specialise with the age groups you particularly enjoy working with whilst ensuring you have the breadth of skills required by all primary schools.  Through working with experienced and passionate tutors in interactive and practical teaching sessions you’ll develop a thorough grounding in all the major skills and issues of education including special educational needs and disabilities, behaviour management, planning and assessment, managing the teaching and learning of a classroom team, child development and learning through play.

In years two and three you will focus more specifically on early years practice and work with experienced teachers in schools and in the university. You will also select an early years focus for your final-year research dissertation. The comprehensive programme ensures you are well-equipped to teach the primary and early years curriculum and is particularly suitable for students who wish to focus on key stage 1 and the foundation stage whilst still having a good understanding of teaching across the primary school.

By combining academic study and practical experience in a range of placement settings in the south west and East London, 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.

What might you become?

On completion you will be able to teach in a Primary or Special school or Early Years setting as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Graduates from this course have progressed quickly into specialist or leadership positions in a wide range of schools and locations. Ofsted (2014) 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’.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Curriculum studies: Foundation subjects & Religious Education
  • Foundations of learning: Literacy & numeracy
  • Child development & early learning
  • Professional studies & first teaching practice – EYFS and Key Stage 1
  • Professional skills of the teacher
  • Curriculum studies: Core subjects

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have three A-levels at grades BBC, or BTEC triple grades DMM or above. Applicants must have GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science grade 5 or grade C or above. Alternatively applicants must have Access 30-42 D/M with min 18D.
  • Be able to clearly and accurately communicate using both spoken and written English.
  • Pass pre-entry QTS Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.
  • Our typical entry requirement is three A-levels at grades BBB or BTEC triple grades DDM but candidates with other qualifications and/ or experience are encouraged to contact the university to discuss this.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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