Professional Studies

Module summary

Module code: ACAD1421
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Rosamund Hornsby


Pre and co requisites


Introduction and rationale

This course complements the subject studies and school placements and covers those aspects of teaching and learning, and the wider role of the teacher which all secondary school teachers need to understand and engage with. It also gives trainees an opportunity to explore deeply an area of professional and/or pedagogic interest.


Trainees will be able to develop a good understanding and awareness of the relationship between educational theory and practice in order to develop the ability to apply their knowledge to educational settings they have experienced, or are experiencing, and which will also inform their future teaching.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully trainees will be able to:
• develop their professional expertise through the critical awareness, knowledge and understanding of their practice and its potential impact on the learning of the students that they teach, supported by and embedded within current theoretical perspectives
• demonstrate critical understanding that enables them to engage with and evaluate current research and advanced scholarship,
• identify, critique evaluate existing educational practices and theory
• apply theoretical perspectives to develop their professional understanding across the eight professional standards (and Part 2 of the standards)

Indicative content

Issues addressed during the course will include coverage of the following topics:
• National policy and frameworks and the implications for the teacher including working collaboratively
• Developing effective relationships for learning
• Equality of opportunity and inclusion
• Theories and practice of learning
• The pastoral curriculum, and the role of PSHE and SMSC (social, moral, spiritual, cultural). Children and mental health issues.
• Assessment including the use of local and national statistical data
• Special Educational Needs & Disability
• Behaviour Management
• Personalised learning and EAL
• Literacy and numeracy development
• The teacher and the law
• The Prevent Agenda

Teaching and learning activity

• Formal keynote lectures
• Seminars in cross-subject active tutorial groups
• Role play
• Directed reading
• Key tasks to be carried out in schools as part of the assignment
• Individual tutorial
• Self-directed research and practice


Assignment, Literature Review - Pass / Fail graded, 100% weighting.
Outline Details: A literature review, and critical analysis of the trainee’s own practice, which explores a theme of personal interest within the field of Professional Studies in Education (area chosen with the agreement of the trainees course tutor). 3,000 words.

Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.