Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM066: Secondary Education and Professional Studies (School Direct)

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces you to current thinking in Education and Professional Studies in the context of teaching in a school in England. Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that key elements of the module will include:

  • Online resources including recorded lectures that will introduce you to topics relevant to your professional development as a teacher, for example: theories of learning; introduction to research methods; the curriculum; and assessment for learning.
  • Online resources including recorded lectures that will introduce you to the expectations of working at Masters level and to approaches suitable for carrying out a small-scale, classroom-based, research study.
  • Online seminars which create opportunities for you to explore, consolidate and deepen your understanding of these topics.
  • Professional Studies seminars in school that will follow up topics from the lecture programme in a specific educational context.

On the PGCE School Direct, 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 activities48Interaction with online resources posted for the module in ELE that will include reading selected literature, accessing video clips and listening to recorded lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities30Seminars and follow up seminar activities
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities20Professional Studies seminars in school
Guided Independent Study20Completion of directed tasks related to module content
Guided Independent Study182Independent reading and reflection, classroom observation and teaching experience while on placement in school

Online Resources

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

School Direct Education and Professional Studies course in ELE (