Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM039: Secondary Chemistry Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks), term 2 (12 weeks) and term 3 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lindsay Hetherington (Convenor)




EDUM036 Education & Professional Studies

EDUM052 Professional Learning

Available via distance learning


Chemistry is a rigorous, practical and creative subject. It is a popular choice in secondary schools due to its inherently interesting subject content and practical relevance to problem solving in real world activities such as medicine, environmental sustainability, industrial development and sports science.  In this module you will examine approaches to the teaching of chemistry from Key Stages 3 - 5. You will also learn about generic aspects of teaching and learning secondary science, and about approaches used to teach all areas of science (including physics and biology) to 11- 14 year old pupils. To take this module, you will normally need to possess a good degree in chemistry or in a related subject which has a strong chemistry element, and an A-level in chemistry.  Ideally you will also possess an A level in at least one other science subject.

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