Applying Professional Knowledge - English (801X1ENG)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn and spring teaching

This module introduces and develops your understanding of:

  • your subject curriculum
  • lesson planning
  • critical reflection on your own practice.

You will design and teach your own unit of work and then critically evaluate its planning and impact in your placement school. You learn through a combination of university-based study and school-based application.

Wider professional knowledge and understanding is inextricably linked. So, we integrate theory, knowledge and understanding with practice – applying what you learn at university in the classroom. Your activities will have been carefully planned, executed and then fully evaluated.

Your tutors provide subject-specific context. You’ll be introduced to current curriculum developments, initiatives and professional issues in their subject discipline. You can explore issues and ideas with tutors and peers in forums. Tutorials also allow you to get feedback on your ideas.

An understanding of the curriculum and the frameworks in which subjects are organised and delivered (National Curriculum, GCSE & A-level specifications, etc.) will be key requirements, along with the associated modes of assessment for learning. You will develop strategies for effective short- and medium-term planning and strengthen your evaluation and reflection processes. 


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 64 hours of contact time and about 236 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.