BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Leadership of Learning

Unit code UCIL20001
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Are you considering a career in teaching, or working with children and young people? Do you believe all children and young people have the right to grow and reach their full potential? Do you want to gain experience of being a professional in an educational setting?

Through a placement in a Manchester school, this unit gives you the opportunity to support and inspire children and young people to engage in learning. At the same time, you will further your own learning through completing a weekly reflective learning journal and writing one or two related assignments.

You will share and learn from other students about your differing beliefs and understandings about education, and the complexities of your experiences of working in your placement schools.

You will also develop your understanding of the English education system, your professional skills through supporting professionals and pupils in schools, and your critical reflective skills by using a provided critical framework to guide you.

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Please note: Attendance at Leadership of Learning seminars is mandatory. You should not enrol onto the course unit unless you are able to attend all of the seminars.




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This unit will give you transferable skills through working alongside professionals and pupils in schools. These include skills in communication, problem solving, planning, management, observation, analysis, self-evaluation, and critical reflection. It also gives you knowledge and understanding of many aspects of leadership and professionalism.

In addition, you will develop your subject knowledge by learning how to support children to learn about the different subjects taught within the English education system.



Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, you will be able to:

  • Act professionally, in terms of attendance, punctuality, reliability and codes of conduct set out by placement schools and the University
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with school staff and pupils
  • Work effectively with school staff to support pupils’ learning
  • Describe and reflect on observations of personal practice during your school placement
  • Explain and apply principles of reflective practice with respect to your learning from your placement experiences
  • Draw from literature and discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion to enhance critical thinking skills and professionalism in relation to your placement experiences
  • Write in an analytical and reflective style, demonstrating ethical practices such as maintaining anonymity
  • Demonstrate transferable skills such as observation, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, leadership and professionalism

In addition, for 20 credits:

  • Apply concepts and theories of leadership to enhance your reflections on professional experiences of leadership and future professional learning 




10 Credits

  • Placement in a school - 10 half-days spread over ten weeks. The half-day is selected according to your availability and suitability for the school
  • Developing critically reflective practice skills
  • Being a professional
  • Effective teaching and learning
  • Managing relationships and behaviour
  • Planning for Learning
  • Leading learning in a context of ethnic and socio-cultural diversity


20 Credits

As above, as well as

  • Concepts and theories of leadership
  • Developing critical thinking



Teaching and learning methods

10 Credits

  • 10 half-days over 10 weeks on placement in a school
  • 10 hours recording evidence and reflections in reflective journal
  •  6 x 2 hour seminars
  • 1 x 30 minute tutorial
  •  1 x draft assignment feedback
  • 25 hours reading
  • 22 hours assignment preparation

20 Credits

  • 10 hours recording evidence and reflections in reflective journal
  • 3 x 2 hour seminars
  • 1 x 30 minute tutorial
  • 1 x draft assignment feedback
  • 50 hours reading
  • 33 hours assignment preparation


Intellectual skills

Critical Thinking

Students will be offered an intellectual frame through which to analyse and critically reflect on complex social situations in school, and their own classroom interactions in these situations


Transferable skills and personal qualities

Our intention is that you will develop a range of transferable skills for future employability, including the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of leadership and appropriate characteristics, behaviours and relationships for working in any professional setting.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Essay and group work require research and analysis of a range of social and professional situations in school
Group/team working
Professional skills and dispositions: Develop appropriate behaviours and relationships for working in a professional context; model positive values, attitudes and behaviours within school
Teaching, learning and leadership skills: The university workshops and school placements provide student with the opportunity to observe, apply principles of effective teaching for learning with peers and to critical reflect on these experience to inform better decision making in the future.

Assessment methods

UCIL20001: Semester 1, 10 credits

UCIL21002: Semester 2, 10 credits

o   2000 word written assignment on reflective practice

o   100% weighting


UCIL21001: Semester 1, 20 credits

UCIL 20002: Semester 2, 20 credits

UCIL 21000: Full year course – 20 credits (10 in Sem 1 & 10 in Sem 2)

o   2000 word written assignment on reflective practice (as above)

o   2000 word written assignment on leadership

  • Each assignment is given a 50% weighting


Feedback methods

The student will self-evaluate and discuss with their link-teacher their placement progress, areas for improvement, and overall performance.

Academic tutors will give formative feedback on one draft per assignment, as long as this is received in good time so that further changes can be made post-feedback.

Academic tutors will also give a summative % grade and formative feedback for the written assignments in Turnitin, Blackboard.

School coordinators will give brief written feedback to the students at the end of the placement, and verbal feedback at the request of the student.

School coordinators will also provide a brief overview of how well the placement has gone for a particular student, and how well other processes have gone between the University and the schools, to support the placement.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 10
Lectures 11
Project supervision 6
Seminars 6
Placement hours
Placement 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 37

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susan Goldrick Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Please note the following:



1. Applications need to be received by the following dates:

a) Semester One placements (UCIL20001/21001/21000): Friday 23 August 2019

2. You will be invited to attend a short informal interview to discuss your reasons for wanting to undertake the unit and your suitability for this course.

a) Interview dates are as follows:

i) Tues 21 May, Thurs 20 June, Tues 23 July, Thurs 29 August

3. Attendance at Leadership of Learning seminars is mandatory. You should not enrol onto these course units unless you are able to attend all the seminars.

a) The 2018-2019 timetable is given below:

b) The courses comprise the following face-to-face sessions:

i) Five two-hour seminars run at the start of the course over a two-week period;

ii) One two-hour seminar half way through the placement;

iii) Ten half days spread over a ten-week period on the same day each week that is suitable for both the student and the placement school;

iv) For the 20 credit course, three extra two-hour seminars spread over three weeks


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