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BE6004: Professional Studies Three

Module Title Professional Studies Three
Module Code BE6004
Module Tutor Tim Morgan
School Institute of Education and Public Services
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Pre-requisites Before taking this module you must pass BE4004 and pass BE5004
Co-requisites None
Restrictions Available only to students on the BEd (Hons) Primary Education / BA Primary Professional Education programmes
Brief Description

The module aims to build on and extend further students’ knowledge and critical understanding of a range of educational principals and professional issues related to current practice in primary schools and other contexts for learning.  The module links directly to serial and final Block School Experience.

Indicative Syllabus

Key elements of the module include: the professional roles and responsibilities of the teacher – planning for pupils’ learning, continuity and progression, classroom management and organisation, learning and teaching strategies, and the role of formative and summative strategies in the assessment of pupils’ attainment and progression, the role of values, research and reflection in personal and professional development.


Students will learn how to provide provide effective learning opportunities for all pupils, with a focus on an understanding of the three principles of inclusion:

- setting suitable learning challenges

- responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs

- overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils


Students will be encouraged to make more overt links between theory and practice by reflecting on their observations and experience in the classroom and relevant literature, thereby enabling them to review practice and set targets as NQTs.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key issues in teaching and learning, pupil assessment and record keeping, classroom organisation and management, and the promotion of positive behaviour;

2. Understand their professional roles and responsibilities, including the statutory frameworks relating to teachers’ responsibilities as part of the children’s workforce;

3. Demonstrate deeper insights into the role of the teacher as part of a multidisciplinary team, working in partnership with a range of agencies and stakeholders, including parents and carers;

4. Analyse and critically evaluate information in professional contexts;

5. Apply reading and research skills to promote their own professional development;

6. Be able to communicate with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes;

7. Adopt self-evaluating practice, and identify professional development needs.

8. Be able to recognise underachievement and respond positively and appropriately to individual and diverse learning needs through the planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of the subject across all learners

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources

The Library Catalogue contains full details of the current reading list for this module. Further details may also be found in the Module Guide.

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