Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM036: Secondary Education and Professional Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces students to current thinking in Education and Professional Studies and develops students’ curricular, pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the field of Secondary education. Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged key elements of the module will include:


•      Lecture Programme: This covers the policies, theories and practice that apply to all teachers in secondary education.

•      Subject Specific Follow Up Seminars: These sessions give you an opportunity to build on the content of the lectures in a subject specific manner.

•      Seminar Days: University-led days to share school-based work experiences and develop the links between the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching.


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 activities24Lecture Programme
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities18Subject Specific Follow Up Seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities13Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities20Professional Studies seminars in Spring and Summer terms.
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities24EPS Tasks
Guided Independent Study201Independent Study

Online Resources

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

See PGCE Secondary Education and Professional Studies course on ELE ( )