Postgraduate taught 

Education (Secondary) PGDE

Understanding Learning And Teaching EDUC5328

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description



To be completed.

Excluded Courses



One assignment of 3000 words

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to enable students:
- To understand theoretical approaches to learning and teaching systematically
- To contextualise theoretical approaches appropriately in classrooms by processes of selection, modification and experimentation
- To understand and interpret the role of learning and teaching in a variety of local and global contexts
- To collaborate with school colleagues and other professionals, agencies and others to promote learning
- To develop professional identity in the context of professional ethical codes, values and commitments
- To understand learning as a life-long process for themselves and their pupils

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will:

- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of theoretical approaches to learning and teaching
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and new insights with regard to education, engaging critically with literature and peers in order to critique existing understandings
- Analyse and evaluate the learning needs of all pupils by using personal reflection, policy, professional and research evidence, using this to critique existing understandings, when appropriate
- Develop understanding of the potential effects of social contexts on pupil learning and motivation, and consider how teachers can engage all pupils in learning
- Develop knowledge of key intercultural understandings of teaching and learning including the needs of pupils with English as an additional language and how teachers might respond to these needs in the classroom
- Collaborate with peers and other colleagues in order continually to evaluate professional and pupil learning
- Make ethical and professional judgements appropriate to their role as beginning teachers

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Satisfactory completion of course assessment (one essay comprising 100% of course assessment)