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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module EDUC10520: Final Secondary Placement

Department: Education

EDUC10520: Final Secondary Placement

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to X6K114
Tied to X5K307


  • None.


  • All six year 1 modules for the primary pathway, as outlined in the Programme Specification are co-requisites.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • All modules identified in the Programme Specification are compulsory.


  • To acquire the practical skills, knowledge and understanding to become effective, reflective and fully qualified teachers.


  • Practically focused, the content of the module is geared to the achievement of effective teaching through continuing practice, consideration of and reflection on:
  • professional responsibilities as a Secondary teacher;
  • the inter-relationship of subject knowledge and its effective communication for raising standards;
  • planning to meet individual needs and differences to achieve equal opportunities;
  • monitoring pupil progress and disseminating information to relevant wider audiences;
  • understanding the wider educational context of the primary school as an institution.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion, students will be able to:
  • understand the range of professional responsibility of the Secondary teacher;
  • understand the implications of broader individual issues such as identifying and responding to individual needs for classroom practice and be able to communicate these to a variety of audiences.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion, students will be able to:
  • show competence in, and understanding of, the skills and aptitudes appropriate to effective teaching in the Secondary classroom, thereby meeting the required Standards for the award of QTS;
  • apply ideas to classroom practice through written reflection.
Key Skills:
  • On completion students will be able to:
  • communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively in a variety of ways;
  • work effectively, both independently and as part of a team, on given tasks and activities;
  • use Information and Communications Technology in a variety of ways;
  • manage time and work to deadlines.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Structured, monitored and guided observation and practice of teaching in a designated Partnership School with regular critical feedback from tutors.
  • Summative: 1,000 word assignment reflecting on an identified aspect of learning and teaching in the primary school.
  • Formative: maintenance and monitoring of a school experience file, structured tutorials and observation feedback; initial work on the portfolio of evidence for meeting the standards for QTS.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 8 1 per week school based 1/2 hour 4
Practicals/Field work 12 days observation, 54 days teaching practice & mentoring in a designated partnership school, 10 days enhanced experience. 76 days
Preparation & Reading

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 1000 words 100% Reworking of essay to same title

Formative Assessment:

Maintenance and monitoring of a school experience file, structured tutorials and observation feedback; final work on the portfolio of evidence for meeting the standards for QTS.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University