Taught course

Teaching and Learning in Geoscience Education

Keele University · Faculty of Natural Sciences
PG Module

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Entry requirements

Professional competence, normally:

  • a degree comprising 40% geology or equivalent, e.g. through higher degree or professional educational experience;
  • professional experience of teaching 14-16 year old examination courses e.g. GCSE and/or post-16 examination courses e.g. A-level or Scottish Higher (normally in geology, science or geography)

Occupational background, normally:

  • a practising teacher, or newly qualified teacher who has recently completed training, with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent;
  • a desire to develop or contribute to a school/college examination-level course in or containing geology (GCSE, A-level or Scottish Higher).

Months of entry


Course content

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Geology numbers in the sector have been and remain unstable. Therefore, to meet the needs and supply of specialist teachers of school/college examination-level Geology (in GCSE, A-level or Scottish Higher courses) a course has been devised to train practising or newly-qualified teachers to provide geoscience education to school-level Geology classes.

Keele University has a track record in training geology teachers extending for more than thirty years. In recent years it has also hosted the Earth Science Education Unit which has trained more than 38,000 science, geography and primary teaching in the teaching of Earth Science across the UK. The course is hosted by Keele University’s School of Geography, Geology and the Environment which has a strong reputation for the training of geologists lasting for many years and a reputation for innovation in teaching, recognised by many awards. The course depends upon the industrial bursaries obtained to run the course.

The Summer School for the Teaching and Learning in Geoscience Education module:

  • runs at Keele University for seven days. Spring/Summer 2021 dates to be confirmed
  • is an intensive course preparing trained teachers (usually of science or geography) to teach Geology at A- and GCSE level and to contribute to the Higher in Environmental Studies in Scotland;
  • is designed for participants to build on their experience and teaching skills by developing their subject knowledge and related pedagogical understanding in Geology/science whilst reflecting on and improving their practice;
  • is run by Professor Chris King and supported by lecturers and examiners in Geology education;
  • is accredited by Keele University and is worth 15 credits that can be passed at postgraduate or professional level;
  • carries an Earth Science Education Unit Professional Development Certificate;
  • is supported by industrial bursaries, so is free of charge to those UK/EU citizens that meet the competitive bursary criteria;
  • costs £1,800 for those UK/EU citizens for whom a bursary is not available;
  • is supported by the UK Onshore Geophysical Library (UKOGL), the Warwickshire Geographical Conservation Group (WGCG), and the Building Earth Science Education Resilience (BESER) group.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PG Module
    full time
    0.25 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Jamie Pringle