Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ESCM004: Semi Specialist Science (Primary)

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces you to current thinking in the teaching of Science and develops students’ pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the wider field of Science education.  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:


  • education theories related to good science learning and teaching;
  • practical experimentation and planning for School based learning;
  • the selection and use of science published material; using current or controversial issues in science teaching, education for sustainable development;
  • Forest school education for science teaching and also for cross-curricular links to other subjects;
  • ‘Earth Walk’ and ‘Flow Learning’ techniques;
  • the use of ICT to enhance scientific understanding, knowledge of the Early Years and KS3 curriculum


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.

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 activities33Science Pedagogy & theory workshops; Peer Teaching and Subject Support Groups
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities8Seminar days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Tutorials with academic tutor
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9Pathway activities
Guided independent study40Reading set texts
Guided Independent Study50Wider reading
Guided Independent study22Web-based activities
Guided Independent Study35Seminar/workshop prep/follow up
Guided Independent Study12Peer-teaching activity preparation
Guided Independent Study30Learning support group preparation
Guided Independent Study60Coursework assignment preparation

Online Resources

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

Web based and electronic resources: see PGCE Primary Science page on ELE:  

 *CPRT website: