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The Graduate School of Education has been providing teacher training at St. Luke’s Campus for more than 150 years. We are renowned for our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes and education research.


Frequently asked questions about out 'Learning for Teaching' modules. 

Learning for Teaching

Teaching and Learning modules for undergraduates and Masters students 2021-2022

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers on which you can embark. Choosing a “learning for teaching” module will help you gain experience and insight into this challenging profession while studying for your undergraduate or Masters degree. To help you discover if teaching is right for you, or if you're just interested in developing your skills in this area, we have developed an accredited teaching experience module which is open to all second and third year undergraduates and masters students, regardless of subject or discipline.

These modules:

  • Give you experience of schools and professional knowledge to strengthen your application for teacher training (in 2021-22 this is through online “virtual placement” activities)
  • Develop your professional skills
  • Help give you a head start once you embark on a teacher training course
  • Are available in 15 and 30 credit versions
  • Can be taken by 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates and by most students undertaking a Masters course
  • Are open to students from any discipline in the University
  • Involve an online 'virtual placement' which can be undertaken at a time of your choice any time in term one and the possibility of an optional face to face placement if COVID regulations allow this.

The modules are:

For students who will be in Year 2: EDU2016 (L5) -15 credits;    EDU2017 (L5) - 30 credits

For students who will be in Year 3: EDU3013 (L6) - 15 credits;  EDU3014 (L6) - 30 credits  

How to register

When online registration is open the Learning for Teaching modules should appear as available options: you can select one of these just as you would any other optional module.

In the unlikely event that places remain available after online registration has closed, you would apply through your Discipline Office to change an existing optional module to a Learning for Teaching module.

Please note that students who wish to take up the opportunity of a face to face school placement will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service declaration.

Virtual online school placement

Students on the 30 credit modules have 50 hours of virtual online placement materials and students on the 15 credit modules have 50 hours of virtual online learning materials to complete. These materials provide glimpses into real classrooms through the use of video footage and interactive activities.

Teaching and Assessment

These modules are taught by experienced teachers, educational researchers and initial teacher education specialists from the Graduate School of Education. There is an introductory lecture in October, an online “virtual placement” and a series of 10 lectures and seminars in term two. The lectures and seminars cover topics such as, the purpose of education, social disadvantage, special educational needs, English as an additional language, the use of dialogue in the classroom, reflective practice and the future of classroom learning and technology.

To successfully complete the module, students must submit a portfolio of their engagement with school placement and a critical reflective essay on an educational theme which links theory and practice. There are no exams for this module.

Frequently asked questions about out 'Learning for Teaching' modules. 

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