Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EPSM000: Educational and Professional Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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 Rob Bowker (Lecturer)




Primary Professional Learning module (EDUM034); Primary Curriculum Studies module (EDUM033)
and one of EMUM003; EEDM009; EMAM009; EHUM009; ESCM004; ESYM001; EMLM008; EARM002 (Specialist Subject modules)

Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to current thinking in the teaching of Primary education and develops your pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the field of Primary education This module is strongly inter-dependent with other programme modules and also connects to school-based work, where you will investigate the practical implementation of educational principles and policies.  Tutors will provide an overview of theory and research findings in their specialist areas and relate these to current national policies and implications for education.  The seminars and tasks will enable you to engage in critical consideration of these principles in relation to: educational policy, educational theories, your specialism, and your own developing theories and beliefs.  Notes, key readings, tasks and materials will be provided by tutors on a weekly basis, to inform the seminars.  We will also use ELE (Exeter Learning Environment)  to provide web-based support, discussions and extension tasks.


On the Primary 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

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