Module XUE-3041:
Prof.Studies Secondary

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Dewi Rowlands

Overall aims and purpose

  1. understand the professional demands that will be made on them during initial years of teaching, trainees will clearly recognise their own professional needs and identify strategies to support their progression;

  2. understand the professional requirements in managing and leading Design and Technology departments;

  3. understand the whole Design and Technology spectrum through to post-16 ;

  4. be able to identify an aspect of their practice to investigate and accurately deploy research methods to report, analyse and reflect on their findings, demonstrating reflective practice through an academic writing style;

  5. manage their own learning effectively.

Course content

  1. Professional demands (i) Reflection and action planning for professional development; (ii) Career Entry Profiles; (iii) Applying for posts.
  2. Managing and leading Design and Technology departments (i) Management and administration of a Design and Technology department; (ii) Inspection of schools; (iii) The role of Governing Bodies; (iv) Relations with parents.
  3. Design and Technology Curriculum Part 3 (i) preparing for post-16 examinations and vocation; (ii) resources to support the teaching of Design and Technology;
  4. Scholarly Activity (i) Reflective practice through research (linked to XUC|E3042)
  5. Managing own learning (i) Study skills (ii) Project Management

Assessment Criteria


See learning outcomes.


A good overall grasp of all the learning outcomes and how they relate to one another.


A very good grasp of all the learning outcomes and the ability to reflect on their relationship to one another in an analytic way.

Learning outcomes

  1. Successful students will

    1. have an understanding of the whole scope of broader issues related to the secondary school;
    2. have an understanding of the professional demands that will be made on them during initial years of teaching;
    3. have an understanding of the whole Design and Technology spectrum through to post-16 as well as the requirements within a Design and Technology department.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

In college: 80 hours contact time. 4 hours per week over a period of 20 weeks. Mixture of lectures and seminars. In school: 16 hours contact time. 2 hours per week during School Experience. Tutorials with mentors.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: