Taught course

PGCE (Academic Award)

Keele University · School of Social Science and Public Policy

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Entry requirements

Entry to the Keele PGCE is conditional on acceptance onto a school-based Initial Teacher Training programme with which Keele is already operating in partnership. It is also open to individuals who have the consent of their school-based training institution.

Months of entry


Course content

The Keele PGCE is part of a new approach to initial teacher education. It is unique nationally, offering the scholarship aspect of the PGCE as a free-standing award. It is an academic postgraduate qualification offering up to 60 credits at Master’s level, giving opportunity to progress to a full MA in Education. It complements and adds value to the QTS professional qualification in England and Wales, or to the CDI in France.

The programme is aimed at enabling course participants to achieve the academic award at the University at the same time as they follow a school-based programme, e.g. for Qualified TeacherStatus (QTS). The programme is delivered either at Keele or in a training provider’s setting by a team of tutors with a track record as expert practitioners in schools and with established names in education scholarship. It is normally run between October and May in each academic year.

Whether following the PGCE at Keele or in a school setting, students benefit from all the University’s facilities, such as on-line individual tutorials, off-site internet library access, and discounts on local shopping!

The PGCE has been designed to deepen pedagogical skills and understanding gained from practical work in teaching experience. It complements and builds on the subject knowledge and practical elements of school placements, supporting students to become effective teachers of their specialist subject. It does this by helping them develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of teaching and learning (pedagogy)
  • the capacity to apply that knowledge and understanding to classroom practice
  • the ability to think, talk and write fluently about the processes underlying pedagogy
  • Master’s-level thinking, reading and writing skills
  • critical insight into the educational system in order to thrive in the culture of schools
  • a robust professional identity which will equip them to be critical, collaborative, creative and caring teachers with a developing career profile.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Angela Shelley