Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EPSM000: Educational and Professional Studies

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

All lectures are normally underpinned by the Ten Key Principles of Effective Pedagogy from the TLRP (Teaching and Learning Research Programme).  The lead lectures include:

  • National policy frameworks;
  • Theories of children’s learning and development;
  • Pedagogy – choices in theory and practice;
  • preparing to teach learners from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Background;
  • Creativity in Primary Education;
  • Child Development;
  • The importance of informal learning to children’s educational development;
  • Addressing Gender and Social Class Inequalities in Primary Schools;
  • Provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND);
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL);

There are additional lectures which address other generic aspects of professional development, e.g.:

  • Child protection and Safeguarding;
  • The Exeter Model of Education;
  • Behaviour Management etc.
  • Seminar days and workshop activities and other events will provide additional learning opportunities e.g. Employability, NQT year etc.

Further extension will be provided through the Professional Studies element of school-based work

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 activities99 x 1 hour Lead lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities99 x 1hr seminars to discuss and explore in more detail the issues raised in the lead lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities88 x 1 hour additional lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities63 x 2 hour ‘seminar day’ lectures and seminars
Guided independent study60reading for seminars
Guided independent study80preparation and writing of formative and summative assignments
Guided independent study50school placement framework tasks
Guided independent study78school placement planning and evaluations

Online Resources

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