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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDU3013: Learning for Teaching: School Experience

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level6
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (1 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Anita Wood (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Have you ever wondered whether you have the knowledge and skills needed to teach a class?  If so, then this is the module for you.

This module will introduce you to teaching and learning in schools, both in theory and practice. It will enable you to understand the role of the teacher within a school setting, working to the set of professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status by the National College for Teaching and Learning. It will enable you to engage with theories of teaching and learning and will offer you the opportunity to participate in teaching and learning activities in a school setting or via a ‘virtual placement’. It will help you to understand the challenges and rewards of working as a teacher in school and will introduce you to a range of training pathways, such as the University of Exeter’s PGCE and School Direct programmes. It will also develop a wide range of personal and transferable skills attractive to any graduate employer.

To study this module, no prior knowledge is required and you are welcome regardless of your disciplinary or degree background. It is possible to undertake this module  at any stage from the second year of your degree programme onwards because 15 and 30 credit versions have been developed at Levels 5 or 6. It is only possible to take a Learning for Teaching Module once.

If you choose to undertake a face to face placement please note that you must submit your DBS application to the DBS office in good time and must complete a school placement form.

Please be aware that some additional costs may be incurred for travel to and from your school placement. However, you will be able to arrange your placement in a location that is convenient for you or choose to just undertake a ‘virtual placement’.

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