Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy – Science (level 7)

Module summary

Module code: TEAC1170
Level: 7
Credits: 45
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Education
Module Coordinator(s): Adewale Magaji


Pre and co requisites



To enable trainees to:
• develop subject knowledge and pedagogy and understanding of the ways pupils learn. As part of this, trainees are expected to explore their role in the learning process in preparation for teaching their subject in secondary schools.
• foster a proactive attitude to the development of breadth and depth in subject knowledge.
• provide the opportunity to explore the nature of the subject and to establish an understanding of the place of their subject in the curriculum.
• instill a spirit of intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm about their subject.
• use a variety of teaching and learning approaches and to be both reflective and critical of their own practice.
• be creative and innovative in their teaching

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate how they have developed their subject knowledge and pedagogy to enable the effective teaching of science across the appropriate age range. This includes planning for progression across the age and ability range for KS3 and KS4.
2. Analyse the respective roles of teachers, educational institutions and communities in education.
3. Evaluate statutory curricula and centralised initiatives at Key Stages 3, 4 and post 16.
4. Evaluate significant theories of teaching, learning, motivation and assessment in relation to observed practice and apply this in their teaching.
5. Use a range of new technologies to support pupils’ learning and progression and demonstrate an awareness of how to implement recent initiatives within their subject discipline.
6. Manage classes effectively, using approaches which are appropriate to pupils’ needs (including how to personalise learning) in order to engage and motivate them.

Indicative content

Development of subject and pedagogical knowledge
Understanding of curriculum for the subject
Theories of teaching and learning in the subject
Curricula planning and application of subject knowledge to the teaching situation
Consideration of need for sequencing and progression both within, and between topics
Behaviour and classroom management
Development and evaluation of resources
Assessment and recording pupils’ progress

Teaching and learning activity

• workshops (tutor, student teacher led)
• sharing subject knowledge (student teacher led)
• didactic input (tutor or student teacher)
• seminar and group discussion
• individual and group tutorials
• problem solving tasks which require a creative response (individual and group)
• integrated use of technology as a tool in all of the above
• research, peer review, reading and reflection.
• workshops by subject specific scientific organisations in UK


Assignment 1: Essay - Pass / Fail graded, 50% weighting.
Learning outcomes 1 - 6.
2,000-2,500 words.

Assignment 2: Essay - Pass / Fail graded, 50% weighting.
Learning outcomes 1 - 6.
2,000-2,500 words.

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

Formative Assessment:
Detailed feedback on assignments informing future academic writing
Tutorials and extra support sessions
Feedback from microteaching and modelling good practice