Applying Professional Knowledge (801X1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

This module develops your understanding of your subject curriculum, lesson planning and critical reflection on your own practice. During this time you will design and teach your own unit of work (UoW) and then critically evaluate its planning and impact in your placement school.

Teaching on this module is delivered though Curriculum Studies at university and in school-based application in your teaching. However, your wider professional knowledge and understanding is inextricably linked and elements of the Professional Studies lecture programme, incorporated in the Professional Knowledge for Schools module are both relevant and essential. Consequently, theory, knowledge and understanding are integrated with practice, with that which is learned at university being applied in the classroom, having been carefully planned, executed and then fully evaluated.

These themes are then followed up and developed in Curriculum Studies by tutors who provide the subject specific contexts. The mode of delivery in Curriculum Studies is through workshops, lecture style inputs from tutors and other subject experts, and seminars. You will be introduced to current curriculum developments, initiatives and professional issues in your subject discipline. Study Direct forums provide opportunities for you to explore issues and ideas with tutors and in peer learning situations. Tutorials also allow you to present your ideas for your assignment and receive feedback.

An understanding of the curriculum and the frameworks in which subject knowledge is organised and delivered (National Curriculum, GCSE & A level specifications, etc) will be key requirements, along with the associated modes of assessment for learning. This module directly links to Curriculum Studies 1: Understanding Professional Knowledge where you will have prepared a literature review which is intended to inform your pedagogy and design of your own unit of work. Curriculum Studies 2 will be integrated into both university and school-based learning. The assignment of 5000 words is based around a unit of work. Its purpose is to develop strategies for effective short and medium term planning and to strengthen the process of evaluation and reflection. As such this assignment offers you the opportunity to make progress towards a number of Standards for QTS.

For the assignment, you will consult with your curriculum tutor and appropriate school based tutor to identify an appropriate topic in your specialist curriculum area (KS two, KS three, KS four or Post 16) to plan and develop into a unit of work responding to the specific needs of pupils in your placement school. The unit of work itself should be designed so that it could be taught over a period of approximately six hours pupil contact time as a norm. The unit of work should be taught in part or in full during the spring term and issues arising from its teaching fully evaluated.


5%: Practical (Laboratory)
95%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 65 hours of contact time and about 235 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: