Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Studies
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
PGCE Entry Requirements
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research Project plus appendices  3500 Words  60%
Semester Assessment Reflective Journal  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Research Project plus appendices  3500 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective Journal  1500 Words  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Evidence a critical understanding of the curricular and legislative expectation for teachers in Wales.

2. Demonstrate critical conceptual understanding and application of issues that affect learning.

3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the professional expectations on teachers and the need for continuous professional development.

4. Critically demonstrate a good understanding of how research and theory can be applied in practice.

Brief description

This core module has been designed to meet the Welsh Government Circular No: 008/2017, Criteria for the accreditation of initial teacher education programmes in Wales. This module places a strong emphasis on understanding the curricular and skills requirements, and how these statutory requirements can be met within the education system in Wales. In order to facilitate the integrated nature of the programme, you will be provided with an overview of the whole education system in Wales, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of the continuum of learning within it. This module will also give consideration to your understanding of the many issues that impact learning and will also enable you to consider how to become a lifelong learner through continuous professional development. This will provide you with a strong basis on which to plan and teach in the most effective and appropriate ways. You will also consider the professional expectations of being an effective teacher.


In this module, the following units will be discussed in relation to the new Standards for QTS, as depicted in Schemapp 1 Section B. The content units for 8 university-based weeks are as follows and indicate the core content for each element of the module.
Each unit is 1.5 hours – a combination of lecture/seminar. These will provide the underpinning principles which need to be applied on teaching practice. They are broadly categorised under the themes of:
Curriculum and Statutory requirements; Professional Practice – Roles and Responsibilities; Issues affecting learning; Education Policy in Wales; Professional Development and Lifelong Learning; Protecting and Safeguarding Children.

Unit 1 - Curriculum Overview 1
Unit 2 - Curriculum Overview 2
Unit 3 - Skills Overview 1
Unit 4 - Overview of how do children and young people learn?
Unit 5 - Curriculum Overview 3
Unit 6 - Skills Overview 2
Unit 7 - Skills Overview 3
Unit 8 - Impact of Poverty
Unit 9 - Impact of ALN 1
Unit 10 - Cwrciwlwm Cymreig
Unit 11 - Safeguarding and Child Protection 1
Unit 12 - Impact of ALN 2
Unit 13 - Impact of ALN 3
Unit 14 - Welsh Language
Unit 15 - Safeguarding and Child Protection 2
Unit 16 - Organisation and Management of Schools and Accountability within schools
Unit 17 - Using and developing educational resources
Unit 18 - Children’s Rights
Unit 19 – Research, Enquiry and Ethics in Education
Unit 20 - ALN Transformative Programme
Unit 21 - Health and Wellbeing and PSE
Unit 22 - Applying Research Enquiry and Ethics in Practice
Unit 23 - Pay and Conditions and Legislative & Professional Responsibilities and Attitudes
Unit 24 - Principles of Critically Reflecting on Evidence-Based Practice
Unit 25 - Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
Unit 26 - Pastoral Responsibilities
Unit 27 - Impact of Culture and Society
Unit 28 - The development of Education in Wales
Unit 29 - Equality Act 2010 and Impact of Inclusion and Diversity
Unit 30 - Diversity and change in Welsh education population
Unit 31 - How to maintain currency in education and Careers in Education
Unit 32 - Citizenship

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Statistical reports may be considered and data to support arguments may be analysed.
Communication This will be developed both in seminar discussions and in preparation for the assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance This will be a core skill developed within the module, with a clear emphasis on selfreflection, where the student teachers will be expected to consider impact on their own practice.
Information Technology All assignments will be word processes and students will be required to utilize IT resources in the research of their assignments as well as in the presentation of their blog.
Personal Development and Career planning This will be a skill developed within this module as student teachers reflect upon their own practice and development.
Problem solving Students will consider how to address specific issues within their own contexts and practice, and develop the skills to address this in the future.
Research skills This will be developed throughout the module but particularly in regards to the research necessary in the assessments.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop skills in regards to teaching, evaluating, and developing professional practice through research and collaboration.
Team work Seminar activities will involve group work. The consideration of collaboration and partnerships will be introduced and considered.


This module is at CQFW Level 7