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Plymouth Marjon University

Education Studies

UCAS Code: X300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,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.

Achieve 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 level 3 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

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

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We will accept triple grades gained from a combination of other BTEC qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Education studies

If you’re interested in the broadest questions which impact education, this course is for you. It will give you a solid grounding in the psychological, social and political principles which underpin our education system, setting you up to either move into teaching, or else to move into educational research or management, aiming to change the world of education for all. You’ll study how families, teachers, and the government impact on a child’s learning, how the curriculum supports learning, how best to assess children and how to assess the impact of policy decisions.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• We are research-active and are influencing government at the highest levels, giving you access to the latest thinking in education theory.
• We have close links to hundreds of schools for you to gain your own experience, and you have one placement project each year, working with a tutor in a school.
• Enjoy an enrichment programme in which you learn in a class with practising teachers to hear about new initiatives in the curriculum.

**What might I become?**
You might choose to teach, taking our PG Diploma in Early Years, School Direct or PGCE qualifications. You might move into educational management, welfare or informal educational environments such as tourism or museums.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Education Studies at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why we are ranked second in the UK for teaching quality*. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

**Book on to an Open Day at: www.marjon.ac.uk/open-day**

**Why study at Marjon?**
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Ranked in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published 23 Sept 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates.

Modules

Jan Gourd - Course Lead, Education Studies;
“The first year of your studies includes topics on social development, the origins of education and sustainability. In your second year you will learn about educational theories and look at how research is carried out in education, health and welfare. This will take place alongside student selected modules on education topics. There are optional modules in the third year to suit your career plans, along with a dissertation.”

1st Year
Engaging with learning
Education; origins, ideas and values
Psycho-social development
Communication in context
Change, social justice and sustainability
Placement
Education; inclusion and diversity

2nd Year
Key thinkers in education
Researching education, health and welfare
Learning and teaching
Education and society
Inter-professional practice: Safeguarding
Effective group work: critical practice for social change
Placement
A critical understanding of approaches to numeracy
Critical perspectives on families and parenting
Issues in educational management
Creativity in the outdoors

3rd Year
Dissertation
Managing difference: inclusion and the primary classroom
Developing a personal philosophy of education
Performativity, accountability and assessment
Disability
Feminism
Perspectives on play and learning
Placement
Global education and sustainability: Formal and informal learning and change
Community psychology

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a variety of tasks including poster presentations, the making of artefacts, essays and blogs. Your teaching is not assessed at this point, allowing you the chance to experiment and reflect on what does and does not work in your teaching style.

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

Department:

Institute of Education

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.

62%
low
Education studies

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.

Education studies

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

76%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
27%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

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.

Education studies

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.

£13,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
low
Employed or in further education
58%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Childcare and related personal services
14%
Caring personal services
11%
Teaching and educational professionals

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Education studies

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

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

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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