Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM046: Secondary History Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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


History Lecture Programme: lectures to cover the theoretical basis of history education.

Directed Online Study Programme: This covers the theory and practice of history pedagogy and education

  • Peer Teaching: sessions in which students use the University of Exeter model of initial teacher education to develop their subject and curriculum knowledge and their skills of reflective practice. These sessions give you an opportunity to practice your teaching in a safe and supportive environment.

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

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 activities72Lectures, seminars and workshops: The theoretical basis of teaching history; The National Curriculum; Teaching History
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities18Peer Teaching sessions
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities18Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Tutorials with academic tutor
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided Independent Study179Independent Study

Online Resources

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