Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM050: Secondary Religious Education 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 Religious Education and develops students’ pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the field of Religious Education.  

Key elements of the module include:

  • Seminars: the taught course is made up of weekly taught seminars which cover the theoretical basis of religious education across a variety of topics.
  • Engaging with Literature: this strand of the course will provide you with opportunities to engage with current debates and research in the field.
  • Directed Study Tasks: designed to supplement your subject knowledge and support your professional development.
  • Fieldwork: visits to faith communities which will provide you with opportunities to deepen your understanding of key religious traditions.
  • Seminar Days: Five days when you will return to the university to share school-based work experiences and develop the links between theoretical and practical aspects of teaching Religious Education.
  • Peer Teaching: opportunities to undertake short teaching sessions and use the University of Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education to develop your classroom practice.

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 activities63Taught Course Seminars in autumn term: 7 hrs per week for 9 weeks = 63 hours)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9Engaging with Literature Seminars: 1.5hrs per week for 6 weeks = 9 hours
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8Peer Group Teaching
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities12Fieldwork
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities18Directed Study Tasks (small group tasks): 2 hours a week for 9 weeks = 18 hours
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided Independent Study177Guided Independent Study

Online Resources

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