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Secondary Professional Learning

Module titleSecondary Professional Learning
Module codeEDUM052
Academic year2022/3
Module staff

Ms Dinah Warren (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This non-credit bearing module consists of a portfolio, the Individual Development Portfolio (IDP) that contains evidence of achieving the professional standards required by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) for recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This module links with two level 7 credit bearing modules. One of the Secondary Specialist Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Modules and Secondary Education & Professional Studies. Successful completion of all three modules leads to the award of Secondary PGCE with QTS.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to enable students to provide reflection on their professional development and demonstrate evidence of achievement of the range of essential knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Teachers’ Standards required by the NCTL for QTS. These are available at:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. recognise pupils’ learning needs and interpret these learning needs in order to plan, teach, assess and evaluate lessons and schemes of work;
  • 2. demonstrate confident academic and pedagogic subject knowledge to teach in a Secondary school;
  • 3. demonstrate secure understanding of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and assessment regulations for a specialist subject at Secondary level;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. critically evaluate personal professional learning;
  • 5. plan future professional development needs;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. manage your own learning development;
  • 7. learn effectively and be aware of your own learning strategies;
  • 8. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, etc); and
  • 9. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

This module relates directly to your professional development through 36 weeks of the programme, including 24 weeks on placements in school. The co-required modules provide taught sessions and tutorials based at the university to support your learning and a programme of seminars in school. The evidence presented in the IDP will be compiled during the taught university course and the 24 weeks of school-based work experience in two different secondary schools.  

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Guided Independent Study600Self-directed reading related to classroom practice; Critical reflection on professional learning.
Placement600A range of learning activities including: classroom observations and teaching; tutorials including discussion about professional learning; written critical reflection on progress towards achieving the required professional standards; and written action plans for further development.


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written and oral critical reflection on professional learning evidenced by Formative Reflections on Achievement and Progress in the IDP. Continuing assessment of professional learning across the programme.1-9Verbal & Written in FRAP

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio of evidence of achievement of the professional standards required by the NCTL for QTS.100Portfolio to be developed during the 36 weeks of the programme to provide evidence of achievement of the professional standards required by the NCTL for QTS. There is no stipulated length. 1-9Pass/Fail indicated by Final Summative Report


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of evidencePortfolio of evidence1-9See notes below.

Re-assessment notes

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES If a submitted portfolio is deemed to be a Fail, you will be given feedback outlining what needs to be done to bring the portfolio to a pass standard and one opportunity for resubmission will be allowed, based on an additional school placement if this is confirmed by the Consequences Board following the Examination Board for the Secondary PGCE programme.

The resubmission would normally be made at the end of the additional placement.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There are no explicit learning resources although students may use resources available and suggested for the two accompanying modules in the Secondary PGCE programme.

Web based and electronic resources: see PGCE Secondary courses on ELE ( )

Teachers’ Standards (2012) available at:

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Secondary PGCE, Professional Learning, QTS

Credit value
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

EDUM036 Education and Professional Studies

One of the Specialist Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy  Modules – EDUM037, EDUM038, EDUM039, EDUM042, EDUM043, EDUM044, EDUM046, EDUM047, EDUM048, EDUM049, EDUM050, EDUM051

NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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