Postgraduate Module Descriptor


EDUM036: Secondary Education and Professional Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

The principle aims of the module are to:

  • enable you to gain an understanding of a range of contemporary education policies and issues, theory and practice;
  • support you in reflecting critically on children’s learning and development, pedagogy and teachers’ roles and responsibilities; and

support you to meeting the Teachers’ Standards (for Qualified Teacher Status).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. identify and evaluate educational theories and policies and to engage in critical debate about current issues, drawing on evidence from theory, policy, research and practice;
2. understand theories of pedagogy, learning and development, and consider how these can inform professional practice;
3. demonstrate confident academic and pedagogic knowledge to teach at Secondary level;
4. demonstrate secure understanding of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other policies relevant to teaching in Secondary schools
Discipline-Specific Skills5. critically evaluate the relevance of educational theories to practice;
6. synthesise relevant educational literature in support of an argument;
7. use appropriate technologies for data handling and writing in education;
8. present data and findings in a form appropriate for educational contexts;
9. use research data in support of an argument in education (including government reports).
Personal and Key Skills10. manage your own learning development and evaluation of your learning;
11. learn effectively both independently and co-operatively, and be aware of your own learning strategies;
12. express ideas and opinions, with confidence and clarity, to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes with rational argument based on relevant and reliable evidence;
13. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, etc); and
14. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.