Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM039: Secondary Chemistry Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

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


•    Lecture and Seminar Programme: This covers the theory and practice of secondary science pedagogy.

•    Directed Online Study Programme: This covers the theory and practice of secondary science pedagogy.

•     Peer Teaching: These sessions give you an opportunity to practice your teaching in a safe and supportive environment.

•      Seminar Days: Five days when students return to the university to share school-based work experiences and develop the links between the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching chemistry.


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 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 activities78Lectures; Science Lecture Programme
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Peer teaching
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities12Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided independent study199Independent Study

Online Resources

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

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