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Unit information: Curriculum Practice (Level M) in 2021/22

Unit name Curriculum Practice (Level M)
Unit code EDUCM5030
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Bailey
Open unit status Not open



Educational and Professional Studies and Curriculum Research

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is solidly based in students' developing professional practice. It is both university and school based, allowing students to consider the theoretical underpinnings of learning and teaching their subject and then to put these ideas into practice in secondary schools. It provides the basis of practical experience on which students' professional development can be built through their developing careers. Students observe good practice and consider how to implement ideas from this into their own practice. The unit supports the development of their skills in planning, teaching and evaluating lessons. It helps them develop their skills in assessment of pupils' learning and in using that assessment to inform their teaching. It supports them in considering how to use their existing subject knowledge effectively and in understanding pupils' different ways of understanding.


This unit aims to support the practical development of key professional skills. It will enable students to begin their development into reflective professionals who will be motivated to continue developing their skills and understanding throughout their careers. It aims to support the development of their own professional identities as teachers through working with a range of active practitioners. It will provide them with opportunities to develop their skills in planning, teaching and evaluating lessons, as well as assessing pupils’ learning and acting on the knowledge gained through that assessment. It will enable them to use a range of research a professional literature to inform their own practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Plan, teach and evaluate lessons in their specialist subject;
  • Assess pupils’ learning and use this assessment to inform their future teaching;
  • Communicate with pupils and use their subject knowledge effectively;
  • Draw on research into teaching of their subject to improve their teaching;
  • Understand key educational issues which arise in their experiences.

Teaching Information

Students will take part in subject-based sessions during university-based periods of the course (12 weeks throughout year) and work in a subject department for the school based elements (24 weeks). During subject-based sessions they will engage in a variety of activities, from lectures to seminars and practical workshops, which may be face to face or online. In school they will observe practice, teach classes and take part in regular tutorial sessions with a subject based mentor. In the event of school closures the school-based element of the course will move to online teaching and learning.

Assessment Information

Students will carry out a range of formative activities during the year which will provide feedback on the key issues addressed by this unit. They will then complete a summative assessment task, drawing on their experiences. This will include documentation of planning, teaching and evaluation activities to illustrate their skills in a chosen context. The task will be the equivalent of a 4000 word assignment, but will take a variety of formats according to the varying needs of the different subjects.

They will also be required to achieve a satisfactory standard in their practical teaching. This will be assessed through observations by tutors during school-based placements.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. EDUCM5030).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.