Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM066: Secondary Education and Professional Studies (School Direct)

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The principle aims of the module are to:

  • enable you to gain an understanding of a range of contemporary education policies and issues, theory and practice;
  • support you in reflecting critically on children’s learning and development, pedagogy and teachers’ roles and responsibilities; and
  • support you to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status as required by the National College for Teaching and Learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. identify and evaluate educational theories and policies and engage in critical debate about current issues, drawing on evidence from theory, policy, research and practice;
2. understand theories of pedagogy, learning and development, and consider how these can inform professional practice.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically evaluate the relevance of educational theories to practice;
4. synthesise relevant educational literature in support of an argument;
5. use appropriate technologies for data handling and writing in education;
6. present data and findings in a form appropriate for educational contexts;
7. use research data in support of an argument in education (including government reports).
Personal and Key Skills1. manage your own learning development and evaluation of your learning;
2. learn effectively both independently and co-operatively, and be aware of your own learning strategies;
3. express ideas and opinions, with confidence and clarity, to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes with rational argument based on relevant and reliable data;
4. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, etc); and
5. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.