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. The programme is also open to individuals who have secured an offer from external school-based training institutions.

If you wish to consider an application for the scholarship aspect of the PGCE on a free-standing basis, then please get in touch directly with the School to further discuss opportunities.

Months of entry


Course content

Keele University underlined its commitment to the region’s schools by launching this exciting model for secondary initial teacher education. Professor Nick Foskett, Keele University Vice-Chancellor at the time of its launch in 2014, said: ‘Keele is delighted to be taking a lead among universities in pioneering new approaches to initial teacher training’.

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, you will benefit from all the University’s facilities, such as online individual tutorials, off-site internet library access, and discounts on local shopping!

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School Office