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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO2000 Theology and Religious Studies Students into Schools

20 credits

Module manager: Dr Mel Prideaux

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

60 credits of THEO modules at Level 1.
Attendance at initial meeting in the summer term, or discussion with module staff.
Application form to module administrator outlining reason for interest in module.
Satisfactory completion of Criminal Records Bureau disclosure checks (arranged by the Access Academy).

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL32110Students into Schools
HIST2540History Students in Schools
MODL2001Linguists into Schools
MODL2005Linguists into Schools
MODL3800Linguists into Schools
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students will have applied their knowledge and skills in Theology and Religious Studies to classroom situations, and will have had the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between TRS at degree level and Religious Studies in schools.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, which includes a 30-hour placement in a school in the region (both observing and assisting with teaching), students should be able to demonstrate:
1. The ability to search for and select relevant material, and present it at an appropriate level and in an appropriate format for a non-academic audience
2. That they have developed their understanding of TRS through the adaptation of academic resources to classroom teaching.
3. That, as part of their teaching and reflection, they have developed skills in theological research, presentation and explanation valuable to their academic progress in TRS.
4. That they have knowledge and understanding of current issues relating to the teaching of Religion in secondary education and that they have acquired and developed vocabulary relating to this field.
5. That they can design, record and manage their work in cooperation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from the outside organisation.
6. That they are capable of preparing, utilising and evaluating methods for the support of the teaching of Religion in schools.
7. That they have had the opportunity to discuss related pedagogical issues in Religious education.
8. That they can work in collaboration with an organisation (school) outside the University on a project relevant to the needs of the school and to academic study for a degree in TRS.
9. That they have had an opportunity to tackle problem solving of real concern to the outside organisation (school).
10. That they have an understanding of the role of the student tutor in the classroom.
11. That they are able critically to analyse their own experience of tutoring in the classroom.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module students will have developed the following skills:
- Ability to use own initiative;
- Communication skills - teaching, working in a school setting;
- Creativity - developing and evaluating innovative teaching materials;
- Networking - working in the placement environment;
- Negotiating - developing the placement working practices;
- Problem - solving skills;
- Reflective learning skills;
- Resource management - planning, developing and delivering learning materials;
- Team - working skills;
- Time management and ability to prioritise own workload.


The campus-based part of the module will consist of a series of training sessions and workshops, including:
- Searching for relevant material
- Lesson planning for the compulsory education sector
- Relevant policies and procedures in schools
- Group 'supervision' workshops
- Post-placement debrief
- Final presentation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will work independently on their reflective learning log, lesson plans and placement. Guidance and support will be available from the Module Leader and in workshops and classes.
- Research
- Preparation of resources
- Preparation of classes
- Completion of online reflective log throughout the project
- Preparation of oral presentation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:
1. Meetings with a supervisor who will discuss and monitor progress with a student;
2. Workshops;
3. Classroom observations;
4. Reflective learning log;
5. Support from the organisation (outside the Department of TRS) hosting the placement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minutes verbal presentation including 5 mins Q&A. Assessment will include submission of a hardcopy (text and any other materials) via the VLE.30.00
PracticalLink teacher or placement supervisor provides a final account of placement performance.10.00
Written WorkTeaching material with reflective commentary.60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit for verbal presentation will be written submission only. Resit for written work will be an equivalent written submission.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 16/03/2017


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