Professional Practice 1 (X1027)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

In this course, you will be given the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge and understanding in a phase/subject specialism in a school and classroom context. This is a current statutory requirement for Initial Teacher Training (TDA, 2007). You will be working towards the standards for Qualified Teacher Status in your professional practice.

The course will include the following: an induction week programme, providing an introduction to school policies and procedures; opportunities to observe experienced practitioners in your specialist subject/phase; one hour of dedicated mentor time per week, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy; regular professional studies seminars organised by the school's professional tutor; phased introduction to teaching, including a negotiated timetable of classes across KS two, three, four and Post 16 (where appropriate), amounting to a total of 12 hours (eight hours classroom teaching and four hours other professional duties); one formal observation once a week by the mentor or designated other teacher in the department, with written and oral feedback; where required, one observation by the school's professional tutor, with written and oral feedback; one or two observations by the university curriculum tutor, with written and oral feedback; access to school resources, including ICT; opportunities to take part in wider school life, eg trips, clubs, tutor groups, parents' evenings; time to reflect critically on this experience, plan lessons and prepare resources.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 54 hours of contact time and about 96 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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: