Curriculum Knowledge 1: Explorers and Investigators (X6613)

30 credits, Level 4

Autumn and spring teaching

This module focuses on the development of secure subject and curriculum knowledge for teaching. It will draw on 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.

A consistent feature will be understanding how security in literacy and numeracy underpins successful curriculum design and pupil progression, and how skilled practitioners draw on this understanding to create rich, rigorous and engaging sequences of learning.

A distinctive feature of this module will be an understanding of how the crosscurricular theme of 'Explorers and Investigators' can be used to develop broad subject knowledge and an understanding of the world with a more specific focus on science, history and geography as subject disciplines. It will examine the inter-play between planning, active learning, assessment, feedback and differentiation in promoting engagement and progress. Effective teaching strategies will be modelled throughout the module.


100%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 94 hours of contact time and about 206 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: