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Plymouth Marjon University

Outdoor Learning in Early Years & Primary Education

UCAS Code: PYOL

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Excluding General Studies

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 English Language Grade C/4 or above 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

Primary education

If you want to understand primary education, and teaching in natural environments, and work with this age group (as a primary teacher or in outdoor settings), this course will suit you. You’ll discover what it’s like to teach children and complete a placement in each year. The course explores how people learn about themselves, others and the environment by working outdoors in nature as well as in school. Fieldwork experiences are fundamental to this degree; in the woods at Forest School, in the grounds of a primary school, local park or on Dartmoor, and exploring educational opportunities at the beach.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• Learn within an experienced, passionate academic education team with a diverse range of expertise.
• We have close links to hundreds of schools for you to gain your own experience, with placement projects available each year, working with a tutor in a school and/or outdoor setting.
• Access to the expertise and resources to fully enjoy this stunning part of the world – nature reserves, Dartmoor National Park, beautiful coasts and estuaries.
• A wide range of international opportunities.

**What might I become?**
Many students go on to a primary teaching qualification through School Direct or PGCE, and this course fully prepares you for those routes, including helping you to review what type of teacher you might become. Other opportunities include early years teacher training, community education, youth work, in outdoor and informal educational settings.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Early Years, Primary Education and Outdoor Learning 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

Mark Leather - Course Lead, Early Years, Primary Education and Outdoor Learning;
“During the first year you will engage with the core ideas behind primary education and understand what underpins learning as a child. You’ll also gain active skills in the outdoor environment, discovering how children benefit from learning outside of the traditional classroom. In the second year you will build on your practical teaching skills within nature and develop your knowledge with a placement module. In the third year you will complete a dissertation and become an expert in education in an outdoor setting.”

Intro to outdoor learning – CLOtC
[email protected]
Child Development
Introduction to Education studies
Dartmoor as a place in, on & through
Children’s literature and Education
Residential Education
Forest and Beach Schools
Global childhoods
Pedagogical paradigms
Inclusive outdoor learning
Research methods
Honours project
Outdoor Learning and Teaching Practice
Place responsive education
Developing a personal philosophy of education
Leadership and quality in education
Mental health lifelong conditions and young people
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Outdoor Food

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
Primary education

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

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?

97%
UK students
3%
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

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

What about your long term prospects?

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

Primary education

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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