Earth Science in Education

Module code: GL3105
Module co-ordinator: Dr Tom Harvey

This module is for anyone who is passionate about communicating geology and other sciences in a classroom setting. Following some initial training, you will complete a placement in a local school, where you will get first-hand experience of teaching geology or a related subject at primary, secondary, or post-16 level.

Each experience is different, but typically the placement begins with you taking a supporting role, working with a particular teacher and subject class, before moving on to take a leading role in some particular aspect (the 'Special Project'), which gives you the chance to plan and deliver your own teaching materials.

This is an excellent module for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of teaching as a future career, or for those who simply want to develop their organisational and interpersonal skills. Places are limited; there is a selection procedure that begins in the spring of your second year.


  • 10 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 30 hours of placement 
  • 5 hours of project supervision
  • 105 hours of guided independent study


Assessment is based on an oral presentation in which you reflect on your experience, plus a short, reflective written report. However, the principal value of the module is the experience itself, which often helps students decide whether to pursue a career in teaching.

  • Written report (60%)
  • Presentation (40%)