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Teacher Training

Train to teach for an inspirational career. Marjon has been training teachers for 180 years. Our education graduates earn some of the highest wages in the South West and Wales, being in demand for their leadership potential. Our school partners are involved in your training from start to finish.

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Is this for me?

You want to teach, you are committed to seeing children develop and feel that teaching is the right career for you.

You genuinely enjoy being around young people and you want to inspire them to be the best that they can be.

You have a love of learning and want to pass this on to others.

What you need to know

To teach, you need to pass a course to get Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In your first year as a teacher you will be a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

If you’ve got a degree, you can get QTS by taking a one-year postgraduate qualification (PGCE). If you’ve not got a degree, the quickest route is a three-year undergraduate (BEd) degree.

Teaching is challenging but incredibly rewarding. We only take on students who are prepared for the challenge and you will receive enormous support to succeed.

Why choose Marjon?

Links with over 600 schools giving us broad and varied input into your training, and giving you an amazing choice of placements and experiences.

Five years after graduating, our students earn around £2000 more than education graduates at other universities in the South West and Wales, because we know how to prepare you well for work.

The Guardian ranks us 6th best university in the UK for education courses, out of 80 universities, and 1st in Devon and Cornwall.

Find out more about courses and campus life at our virtual open days


Undergraduate courses

BEd (Hons) Physical Education - Secondary Education (with QTS)

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BEd (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS)

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BA (Hons) Primary Education

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BEd (Hons) Primary Education - Early Years (with QTS)

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BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS)

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Postgraduate courses

MA Education

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MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership

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MA Education - Educational Leadership

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Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years with Initial Teacher Training

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PGCE in Secondary Education with Art and Design

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PGCE Primary

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PGCE Secondary Education with Drama

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PGCE Secondary Education with English

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PGCE Secondary Education with Geography

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PGCE Secondary Education with Modern Foreign Languages

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PGCE Secondary Education with Physical Education

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PGCE Secondary Education with Psychology

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PGCE Secondary Education with Religious Education (RE)

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Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

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PGCE Primary Education with Special Educational Needs and Disability

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MA Professional Education Practice

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School Direct - Primary

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School Direct - Secondary

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PGCE Secondary Education with Biology

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PGCE Secondary Education with History

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PGCE Secondary Education with Maths

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PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry

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PGCE Secondary Science with Physics

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Student testimonials

Adam Given, 3rd year, BEd Primary Education.

“After leaving college I was unsure what my path was. I wanted to help others learn. I was then diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I have been taught to work with my illness, developing my teaching style with the help of the experienced staff. I will always be part of the family here.”



Laura Vaughan, BEd (Hons) Primary Education, 2018 graduate.

“The support and knowledge you receive from lecturers on this course couldn't be better. They push you to be the best you can be and won't let you settle for less.”


Samantha Williams, School Direct graduate.

“Our supportive and engaging tutors made learning fun and inspiring. We gelled as a class and it was extremely useful to be share ideas and exchange good practice, I can wholeheartedly recommend Marjon.”


Guillermo Reig Alcaniz, PGCE Secondary Education with MFL, 2015 graduate.

“I love interacting, helping and making a difference in the lives of my students. My training provided great opportunities to develop my teaching skills in a controlled environment. The continuous and constructive feedback I received after my lessons really helped me to know what to do to improve.”

Five student teaching conferences

1. Teaching and the law

Find out about your roles and responsibilities as a teacher from legal experts, unions and practising teachers.

2. Behaviour and learning environments

Discover a range of strategies to support pupils' learning in the classroom.

3. Health, wellbeing, special educational needs and disabilities

Engage in workshops lead by experts to develop your ability to meet the needs of all pupils in your class.

4. Curriculum and assessment

Find out how schools organise and structure learning to prepare pupils for the next steps in education or work.

5. Challenging stereotypes

Specialist speakers cover a range of issues which in the past has included gender variance, drug and alcohol misuse, religious difference, bereavement, looked after children, asylum seekers and refugees, equality and challenging homophobia in schools.

Five in-school training experiences

1. Primary schools

Our students work alongside experienced teachers across our extensive network of primary schools, with placements available not only in the South West but also in London.

2. Secondary schools

See first-hand how schools teach and progress learning in your curriculum specialism.

3. Special educational needs schools

Explore alternative approaches to teaching to support children who have the most complex learning needs.

4. Curriculum enhancement

Get an extra string to your bow by experiencing a different key stage, curriculum subject or a pastoral care role.

5. Enrichment opportunities

Broaden your experience in a non-formal education setting such as a museum or a zoo; with opportunities to study abroad.

Plymouth is a buzzing student city and is close to stunning coastline, secluded beaches and the inspiring Dartmoor National Park. It's the perfect place to be!

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Dazzling blue sea and sky looking back to the mainland from Plymouth Sound