Skip to Content


Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course introduces and develops the main underpinning principles of the programme, providing a forum for analysis and discussion of education in the practical context of classroom teaching.  A range of issues common to all students as developing professionals will be reflected upon, in particular, issues which have implications for direct action in the classroom such as inclusive practice.  Through Professional Enquiry, it provides students with knowledge and understanding of policy, theory and research in the context of developing professional practice.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Pauline Black

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims:
To develop in students the knowledge and understanding of learning and learning styles and how children learn at different
To develop knowledge and understanding of the 3-18 curriculum in Scottish schools.
To develop professional skills and abilities relevant to the professional practice of teaching.
To encourage personal and professional commitment to life-long learning.
To extend and deepen knowledge, understanding and expertise in professional enquiry.

Main Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course all students should be able to:
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Scottish school curriculum and approaches to learning and assessment;
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development;
draw on relevant principles and perspectives to inform their professional values and practice;
reflect, evaluate, challenge and respond to significant issues in education; demonstrate skills in being an effective collaborative learner;
demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development through reflection and enquiry.

How Students Learn How Children Learn;  
Legislative Frameworks for Scottish Education (including Social Justice and Child Protection) Exploring Difference;
An Inclusive Approach to Supporting Learning Assessment for and of Learning Scottish Curricula;
Exploring Learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum;
The Reflective Practitioner Professional Enquiry (options relevant to current developments in education)

Further Information & Notes

Students must satisfy the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession, and the selection processes determined by the School of Education.

A PVG check is mandatory for all students taking this course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One summative assessment in-course paper of 5000 words (100%) Resit: One resubmission of the above paper.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The summative assessment is linked to School Experience 1. Feedback from first attempt is timely in order to ensure students have the opportunity to gather further evidence from School Experience for resubmission. Formative opportunities may be available, through peer assessment, dependent on the nature of assessment for professional enquiry.

Course Learning Outcomes


Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.