Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM042: Secondary English Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces students to current thinking in the teaching of English and develops students’ pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the field of English education.   Key elements of the module include:

  • Seminars: the taught course is realized principally through highly interactive sessions which combine and integrate workshop approaches, practical work, seminar-style discussion and lecture-style direct input;
  • Fieldwork: one day is spent at the Eden Project in Cornwall, or an alternative setting, exploring the use of out-of-school sites as a source for developing writing;
  • Peer and Expert Teaching:  each student participates in two peer teaching sessions, one as a peer teacher, the other as a peer evaluator.  Expert teaching sessions drawing on each cohort’s own strengths and experiences are organized and run by students.
  • Seminar Days: Five days when students return to the university to share school-based work experiences and develop the links between theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English.

On the Secondary PGCE, you will learn and reflect on the skills and knowledge required by the programme’s credit-bearing and non-credit bearing modules throughout the year. You will need to think about the modules in relation to each other. To facilitate this, the learning and teaching activities and guided independent study described below are scheduled to occur across all three terms both in the context of your university taught course and in the context of your 24 weeks of applied professional experience in schools.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities72Seminars and workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities6Peer and Expert Teaching
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Fieldwork
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided Independent Study208Independent Study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).