Learning for Teaching: School Experience modules for undergraduates and Masters students 2016 - 2017

No one will tell you that teaching is easy or for everyone, but they will say it is one of the most rewarding careers you can embark upon. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities, and few other professions enable you to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.

The Learning for Teaching modules are now closed for 2016-17. Module registration for 2017-18 will open in March 2017

It’s important to understand that teaching is the right career path for you before embarking on postgraduate teacher training. To help you discover if teaching is right for you, or if you're just interested in developing your skills in this area, we have developed an accredited teaching experience module, which is open to all second and third year undergraduates and most Masters students at the University of Exeter. These modules:

  • provide opportunities for involvement in teaching in a school placement
  • are available in 15 and 30 credit versions (involving one and two week placements respectively)
  • can be taken by 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates and by most students undertaking a Masters course
  • are open to students from any discipline in the University
  • involve placements which take place outside of university teaching time which take place almost anywhere in the country

The Graduate School of Education has been providing teacher training at St. Luke’s Campus for more than 150 years. We are renowned for our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes and education research.

Read the full description for the Learning for Teaching: School Experience modules.

How to register

When online registration is open the Learning for Teaching modules should appear as available options: you can select one of these just as you would any other optional module.

In the unlikely event that places reamin available after online registration has closed, you would apply through your Discipline Office to change an existing optional module to a Learning for Teaching module.

Please note that as this module includes placement in a school, all participating students will have to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service declaration (the new name for CRB).

School placements

You will either be required to undertake a 5 or 10 day placement depending on whether you select the 15- or 30- credit module. All block placements must be undertaken during the specified dates. For 2016/17 these dates include:

  • 11-15 and 18-22 July 2016
  • 5-9 and 12-16 September 2016
  • 12-16 December 2016
  • Between 18 and 29 April 2016 (2nd week of 10 day placement only)
  • It may also be possible to self-arrange a series of placements (i.e. 1 day per week for 5/10 weeks). Please ensure that the series starts on one of the placement week dates provided above, and ensure it finishes early enough to enable you to complete your assignment (Autumn term or early Spring term advised)

Your placement will be entirely self-arranged in a school of your choice. You may wish to contact schools with which you have previous experience, including your old school. This route also provides flexibility to arrange a series of days/half days if a week block is not suitable. However, please note that afternoon in schools are short, often only containing one lesson, so arranging afternoons only would not be suitable. The GSE Office will provide a template letter for you. 

For more information please see the Learning for Teaching FAQs.

If you have any questions regarding placements please contact Sam Phillips (learningforteaching@exeter.ac.uk)