School of Primary, Community and Social Care

Keele's School of Primary, Community and Social Care unites world-leading research experts with experienced teaching staff in order to provide a dynamic and pioneering teaching and research environment, which provides practitioners with the skills and experiences they need to work in increasingly complex health and social care settings.

The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering social work, counselling, and primary care. Our research programme delivers high-quality multidisciplinary research designed to improve the content, delivery and configuration of primary care for the benefit of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, mental health problems, cardiovascular disease and other long-term conditions. 

*Judged by the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Due to the current ongoing issues nationally, the School is now working remotely. We are working hard to maintain our educational and research programmes and support our NHS colleagues where we can and are keen to support all enquiries.
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Thank you for your interest in our Social Work, Public Health and Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes. You will appreciate that we are in a challenging time as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the entire world and therefore we need to communicate differently to support future applicants who are interested in our excellent programmes. The last few weeks have brought into sharp focus the dedication, commitment and skills that the range of health and care professionals have made to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and our whole country has shown their appreciation for this.

In the School of Primary, Community and Social Care we are keen to ensure that our students qualify as high performing professionals able to support the challenges of our time. During COVID-19 our existing students have had to adapt to new ways of working during their placement hours (learning, in parallel with qualified health and care practitioners, the challenges of remote working in these type of professions), and we are proud of the way our student body continues to contribute and make a difference. We have worked closely with our partnering organisations and students to ensure that our programmes have adapted to enable our student body to qualify as planned; and our educational teams have risen to the challenge of delivering our professional programmes in interactive ways during the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN. This has involved creative modifications to assessments, enhanced personal tutor support and flexible submission dates. In addition, we have worked with our health and care partners so that our students will gain access to the wider NHS/Social Care support that is on offer.

Our School is proud of its excellence in research and our world leading programmes have adapted swiftly to work with our health and care partners to research the impact of COVID-19 on consultation rates, patient and carer’s needs, service transformation and the roles of healthcare professionals. Public Health has come into sharp focus, demonstrating the need for qualified experts in understanding pandemics and their impacts on individuals and populations, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

If ever there was a time to become part of the workforce to address these challenges, that time is now! Our Social Work, Counselling & Psychotherapy and Public Health Programmes will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to make a difference to people's lives and those of their loved ones. So, whilst we are not able to engage with you personally at this time there are opportunities to ask questions through our virtual open days. As soon as the current social distancing restrictions are lifted we would welcome you to come along and chat to us, here at Keele University. We hope to hear from you very soon.

The team at the School of Medicine are looking forward to welcoming you later this month, whether commencing your first year, as a returning student or commencing postgraduate study. We understand that the current context of Covid-19 may raise concerns about study at a campus-based community but we really want to reassure you that your safety is our number one priority and we have been working hard to make sure that this year is a success. The following website has further important information about life and study on campus and is regularly updated:

At Keele, we are offering a ‘hybrid’ education model to ensure that we can all adhere to social distancing requirements and keep our community safe. This means that you will have a foundation of digital engagement (live online sessions alongside regular digital engagement in your own time) and regular physically present, ‘in-situ’ teaching sessions.

The in-situ sessions will require your presence on campus, to work in small groups. Being on campus at Keele will ensure that you are present for the full student experience: academic study alongside the social and co-curricular activities that your School and University will provide. Please be assured that both your education and your student experience will take place under carefully planned, socially distanced conditions, fully in line with current government Covid 19 guidelines.

At this time, the government do not have additional shielding requirements in place; however, this guidance may change throughout the pandemic. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Student Services who can support you with your personal circumstances and liaise with your School to support your transition to study at Keele.


On 1st August 2020, the School of Medicine and the School of Primary, Community and Social Care merged together into one School of Medicine. This will generate many advantages including the reputational enhancement which will come from bringing together a school with a very strong multidisciplinary research and educational portfolios and another with excellent educational metrics and the improved student experience that will result. Professor Christian Mallen will lead the newly formed school as the Head of School. He said that he is looking forward to "realising the many positive benefits that the merger will bring".

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