Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Use ICT competently, including e-mail, the Internet, MS Office applications, and other software relevant to their subject specialism, including being able to judge where the use of ICT is not appropriate
- The necessary subject-specific knowledge in order to be able to progress on to an appropriate programme leading to the award of QTS and be in a position to meet Teachers' Standard 3 by the end of that programme.
- Work independently, demonstrating initiative and self-management.
- Access resources such as professional literature, textbooks, online resources, assessment specifications, CPD courses, and professional colleagues, so that they are able to continue to develop their own subject-specific knowledge, understanding, and skills as an early-career teacher
- Organise work and assignment requirements appropriately
The Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course focusses on developing subject knowledge in the chosen curriculum area. Students improve their knowledge and understanding within their subject specialism, at a level appropriate for meeting Teachers' Standard 3 on the PGCE or other programme leading to the award of QTS, which follows the SKE.
The detailed syllabus content is tailored to the needs of the students on the course but, following best practice, will start with the deep and fundamental foundations of the subject that must be mastered in order to be able to teach the subject effectively. A range of topics will be built upon these foundations drawing from Key Stage 3, GCSE, A-Level and the beginnings of degree-level study according to the requirements of the subject specialism. Subject-specific skills, such as practical work or programming, will be a significant part of the course where this is relevant to the subject specialism. Skills associated with clear, oral explanations, and other presentation skills will be developed. Skills related to any subject-specific elements of assessment in schools and colleges will be introduced and honed.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching sessions are based on best-practice to maximise learning and to reflect the nature of teaching and learning in schools and colleges. There will be a variety of approaches including direct instruction, carefully scaffolded inquiry-based learning, seminar sessions, independent and self-directed study, and flipped learning where appropriate. This is delivered through a blended learning approach consisting of taught sessions in the University and a variety of independent study tasks, which may include online learning, guided by a tutor. Students spend between 1 and 3 days per week in University. Taught sessions are usually full days. Continuous formative assessment and feedback is a major feature of the module, facilitated by working in small groups. There will be individual tutorials to evaluate progress and set targets. There may also be school or college placements as part of this module, where students will spend time in classrooms observing and participating in the teaching of their subject-specialism. These are normally arranged within the UoS Education School partnership to ensure quality of experience and to tie in with PGCE placements and the wider collaborative work of the Education School in our community.
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Resources & Reading list
Some subject-specialisms require access to relevant software. Some subject-specialisms require access to suitably equipped laboratory space, equipment and consumables, provided by the university..
Resources as needed to improve subject knowledge in preparation for teaching, such as GCSE and A level textbooks and revision guides and examination papers etc..
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External