Curriculum Knowledge 3: The World as a Stage (X6618)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

This is the final module of the BA in Primary and Early Years Education (with QTS) which focuses on the development of secure subject and curriculum knowledge for teaching. This module will consolidate understandings of established phase appropriate curriculum models and published guidance (policy and research) to ensure you develop competence and confidence in understanding the core substantive knowledge, second order concepts and processes and subject specific skills for each curriculum subject.

This module will secure an understanding of how literacy and numeracy underpin successful curriculum design and pupil progression and how skilled practitioners draw upon this understanding to create rich, rigorous and engaging sequences of learning. Students will complete the module with the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach across the curriculum and develop their own schemes of work.

A significant theme in this third curriculum knowledge module will be an exploration of the role and place of arts education and digital media and design in stimulating, engaging and enhancing the education of young learners. Drawing upon the theme: “All the World’s a Stage” you will be creative in understanding the nature, potential and richness of art, design, music, drama, dance and new technologies as curriculum subjects alongside the bedrocks of literacy and numeracy.

In this final module you will be expected to take increasing responsibility and initiative in shaping their own curriculum and identifying their professional development needs. You will be expected to draw upon the latest evidence informed practice and current research in applying critical analysis of existing models and deploying all your knowledge and skills to design and apply your professional knowledge. You will also be expected to guide and challenge each other in modelling high quality planning, differentiation, assessment and evaluation.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 80 hours of contact time and about 220 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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: