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SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: TED11102
Module leader: Colin McGill
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Teacher Education

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added


Description of module content:

Learning and Teaching 1 is designed to explore the professional values, personal commitment, complex pedagogical approaches and subject knowledge required in curricular specialisms. There will be a focus on the Senior Phase of secondary school to allow you to develop your confidence in working with pupils who are working towards enhanced specialist knowledge or who are preparing for assessment and external qualifications. You will develop your skills in planning and delivering lessons, or portions of lessons, that are relevant, challenging and engaging.
In all components, the work will help you better understand the complex environment in which you will be working and develop your professional skills and abilities. The content will dovetail with that in the Contexts of Learning module, to help you understand how theory and policy inform practice.

You will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities in relation to the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of your curricular area within the secondary curriculum, with a specific focus on the Senior Phase (S4-6). This is the phase where young people undertake National Qualifications. You will develop your understanding of the different curricula available to students within your subject area, and the standards expected by awarding bodies, principally the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
It is important for you to understand the individual pupil journeys through the various courses and assessments within the Senior Phase of secondary education, and positive outcomes that are then achievable.

Literacy, and Numeracy, and Health & Wellbeing across the Curriculum are key features in all of these activities as you not just model the language and numeracy skills but seek opportunities for innovative and supportive practice to develop these aspects of the curriculum that are the responsibility of all teachers.

You will understand the methods and underlying theories for effective teaching and learning and learn how to plan appropriately in order to meet the needs of all learners, across different contexts and experiences.

In developing professional skills and abilities there will be many opportunities offered to develop your presentation and demonstration skills through active learning. With the sciences, laboratory skills will be a key feature and backed by the use of classroom technology and a video portfolio of developing practice. This will also involve health and safety practices.

Lesson planning and all of its complexities is a key skill to be developed and will be introduced early in this module. This will also allow you to explore your curricular specific knowledge and incorporate new learning in terms of the teaching phases, organisation and management, and inclusive pedagogical approaches. It will also allow you to demonstrate a new understanding of assessment and differentiated outcomes. Conceptual development will also be explored as a method to engage curious minds in their learning.

Practical behaviour management will also be part of the recurring theme in that you will develop techniques as you gain experience and are able to blend theory and practice very effectively.

You will develop research informed knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment and how to use a range of approaches for formative and summative assessment purposes. These will be appropriate to the needs of all learners and the requirements of the curriculum and awarding and accrediting bodies such as the SQA. You will also be exploring practical methods of recording assessments appropriately, and the use of assessment information to review progress, inform and enhance teaching and learning. You will develop analytical skills to identify learners’ strengths and development needs which lead to further learning opportunities, and produce clear, informed and sensitive reports on pupil progress.

Professional qualities and capabilities
The module will enable you to engage in professional dialogue with peers and university staff and to work collaboratively. We will also explore professional values and what they mean to your developing role as a teacher.

Throughout the module, you will be expected to model appropriate levels of literacy and numeracy in learning activities and to reflect on the impact of your personal communication on others. Data literacy will also be explored in relation to assessment and meeting the needs of all learners.

Learning Outcomes for module:

The Learning Outcomes of this module are aligned with the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Standard for Provisional Registration (

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1. Demonstrate the professional values and personal commitment aligned to the Standards for Provisional Registration of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

LO2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the curriculum in your subject across the senior phase of the secondary school curriculum.

LO3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Senior Phase curriculum structure, and justify the relevance of your subject within the curriculum.

LO4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of inclusive teaching and assessment strategies and resources for your subject area in the Senior Phase of the secondary curriculum.

LO5. Reflect and engage in self evaluation of classroom practice, using feedback from colleagues and professional reading, relating to the Standards for Provisional Registration.

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TED11102 Learning and Teaching 1