Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

School Experience 3 EDUC3029

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This is a practical school placement, four days per week in school and one day in University. Students will normally work with classes ranging from S1 to S4, taking on approximately 50% timetable for the days of the placement.



Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of School Experience 2 and Teacher Education 2.


Teacher Education 3.


Students are required to attend the placement, complete the school based tasks outlined in the placement workbook, and on the designated Moodle site for the course.

Course Aims

To widen students' experience, to build on educational and professional studies, to analyse teaching and learning processes in schools and to further encourage their development as reflective professionals.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Observe and record practical teaching skills

■ Demonstrate familiarity with school policies and practices

■ Demonstrate classroom management and communication skills

■ Knowledge and understanding of literacy, numeracy, health and well being in teaching and learning

■ Work co-operatively with professional colleagues

■ Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant areas of school curricular documents and their implementation in the classroom

■ Plan and prepare appropriate, coherent and progressive lessons

■ Reflect on improving practice

■ Acquire a broad and critical understanding of the principal features of the education system, educational policy and practice

■ Gain a sound understanding of the social contexts, relationships and responsibilities in which schools operate

■ Draw on relevant principles, perspectives and theories to inform professional values and practices

■ Understand and apply the principles of assessment, recording and reporting

■ Use the results of assessment to evaluate and improve teaching and to improve standards of attainment

■ Value and demonstrate a commitment to social justice and inclusion

■ Value themselves as growing professionals by taking responsibility for their professional learning and development

■ Value, respect and show commitment to the communities in which they work

■ Acquire an understanding of research and its contribution to education

■ Access and evaluate professionally relevant literature

■ Construct and sustain reasoned and coherent arguments about educational matters and professional practices

■ Reflect on and act to improve the effectiveness of their own practice and contribute to the processes of curriculum development and school development planning

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Satisfactory attendance at placement (90% minimum, as per GTCS requirements); satisfactory completion of all school based tasks including school experience record; satisfactory reports from school partners and visiting tutors.