module specification

SS5035 - Working in Education: Preparing for Professional Practice (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Working in Education: Preparing for Professional Practice
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 160
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
116 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 0%   Learning Contract
Coursework 0%   Report from Employer
Coursework 50%   Reflective online journal during placement (min. 2000 words)
Coursework 50%   2000 word summative reflective essay
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module is designed to enable students to undertake a period of work-based learning, in relation to their course at level 5, within an appropriate organisation, and to gain credit for that learning. Students will have the opportunity to apply, to test and to extend the knowledge that they have gained at all levels of their course. In so doing, students will be able to enhance and extend their understanding of professional educational practice. The module will also afford them the opportunity to gain professional experience of an appropriate education-related work environment.

Students will be expected to find and organise their own placement in an educational setting where they get insight into professional teaching and learning practice. Objectives of the placement might be in relation to professional standards, how teaching and learning is facilitated, or intended outcomes of interventions.

The module is framed by Kolb’s (1984) learning style model, the four-stage learning cycle: planning – reflecting – interpreting – identifying next steps. This cycle will inform both the module structure and the assessment strategy.
At the beginning of the module, students will attend a series of workshops where they will be briefed on the module and undergo induction. Guidance on securing a placement will be offered in conjunction with the career service, including inputs on personal and professional development.
Students will need to have their work-based learning agreement approved, before they take up the opportunity to gain practical experience.

During the work-experience, students will reflect weekly on their observations and actions with respect of the objectives of their learning agreement and wider professional standards in an online journal, much as they would do on a PGCE course. There will be feedback sessions allowing students to discuss their own practice and learning.

Towards the end of the work-based learning period there will be a series of workshops to support students’ interpretation of their experience in relation to theory and professional educational practice.

Kolb, D. (1984) Experiential learning experience as a source of learning and development, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Prior learning requirements

Students are expected to find and organise their own placement in an educational setting where they get insight into professional teaching and learning practice. This is very likely to involve a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check being in place before the placement starts.


The module offers:

● Guidance on finding and organising an appropriate setting for work experience; LO1

● Provision of a rational for practice-based learning; LO1-2

● Discussion of key educational and social concepts to enhance students’ reflection on and interpretation of their experiences; LO2-4

● Discussion of broader aspects of the work experience in the context of professional practice and employability;LO3,5

● Reflection on the experiences gained in relation to future employability LO2-5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

● A maximum of 140 hours in the agreed work placement during the academic year;

● A mixture of lecture inputs and workshops and blended learning activities outlining theoretical and practical considerations in relation to experiential learning

● Feedback sessions and workshop sessions focusing on the students’ work-experience and its interpretation

● Weblearn will provide supporting material including wider employability guidance

Learning outcomes

The module aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Apply their prior learning in an appropriate work environment;

2. Relate specific knowledge – theoretical perspectives as well as policy/practice analysis – to the work environment;

3. Consider professional practice/pedagogies in specific real-life situation;

4. Recognize how their work relates to wider educational and social discourses;

5. Enhance their professional and personal development;

Assessment strategy


● Learning contract; student to design after meeting with employer and tutor and report from employer at end of the placement

● Reflective online journal throughout placement

● Written coursework; reflective essay relating to the learning objectives set out in the learning contract and wider professional practice/discourses


Core reading

Kolb, D. (1984) Experiential learning experience as a source of learning and development, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Lindon, J. (2012) Reflective practice and early years professionalism, London: Hodder Education (2nd Revised Edition).

Pollard, A. (Eds) (2014) Reflective teaching in schools, London: Continuum (4th Edition).

Additional reading

Matheson, D. (Eds) (2009) An introduction to the study of education, London: David Fulton.

Mayo, M. and Annette, J. (Eds) (2010) Taking part? Active learning for active citizenship, and beyond, London: NIACE.

Moon, J. A. (2006) Learning journals: A handbook for reflective practice and professional development, London: Routledge.


BESA, British Education Studies Association

Careers, Student Services, London Metropolitan University

Institute for Volunteering Research, Evidence Bank

Job Shop, Careers, Student Services, London Metropolitan University

Prospects, UK graduate careers website

Reach volunteering, Careers, Student Services, London Metropolitan University

SES, Society for Educational Studies

The British Journal of Education Studies