• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.30 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.88 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.59 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    78.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    67.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    90.7 / 100.0

Keele University is situated in the heart of the UK, with a big campus nestled in 600 acres of countryside, home to a small and cosmopolitan community. The university is consistently ranked at the top of student satisfaction surveys, coming 1st in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Entry Requirements

  • Applications are judged on their individual merits, taking account of predicted grades, certified AS level results, the referee's report, candidate's personal statement, GCSE results and non-academic achievements. 
  • Typically A level grades (or equivalent) of between AAB and BBC are required.
  • Non-traditional qualifications and prior learning and experience are also considered.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • The university's degrees are wide-ranging, therefore not every student follows the same teaching and assessment patterns.
  • Typically, there is more time spent in lectures and seminars in the first year compared to independent study time. 
  • In the final year, independent study usually outweighs teaching time.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Keele University was founded with the deliberate aim to break away from the pattern of the specialised degrees and around 50% of undergraduates pursue flexible combined courses.
  • Each year around 70 students from Keele study abroad. The majority of courses offer the chance to study at universities across the world without adding time onto the student's degree.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Keele's campus includes shops, restaurants, cafés and a health centre.
  • Other facilities include 2 libraries (one on campus and the other at the Royal Stoke University Hospital), the Chapel and an Islamic Centre, and an astronomical observatory.

Disability Services

  • If Keele is a first choice university for a student with a physical and/or sensory disability, severe mental health issues, or on the autistic spectrum, a suitable room on campus is guaranteed for the duration of their course. Accommodation includes specially adapted ground-floor rooms and kitchens.
  • The Disability and Dyslexia support team provides ongoing support for individual student needs and can arrange a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) assessment.
  • Please refer to the university website for details of disability support and to contact an adviser.

Students' Union

  • Keele SU organises events throughout the year; these have included the Freshers' Fair, Halloween Ball, Winterfest party, Christmas markets, and the annual summer party, WoodStoke.
  • KeeleSU is proud to have Radio 1's Ally McCrae, from BBC Introducing, as their music advisor and the union has hosted 6 Brit-nominated artists (Tinie Tempah, Example, Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran and Chase & Status).
  • The SU was crowned Best Bar None Overall Winner at the NUS Awards 2016, for its dedication to providing the best events possible in the safest way. It also won Best Daytime Fundraising Event at RAG Conference 2016.


Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Jobshop, based in KeeleSU, is a free service that advertises part-time, temporary and graduate jobs.
  • The university also has a paid student ambassador scheme where students represent the university at events, with flexible working hours that fit around their studies.

Careers Guidance

  • 97.5% of students who graduated in 2015 found employment or continued into further study within 6 months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016), placing the university 1st for employment.
  • The Careers and Employability team offer students guidance and advice from their base in the library.
  • Graduate Careers Fairs are held on campus attracting a range of employers, and employers also regularly visit the university to recruit students and graduates.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%


  • The institution was founded in 1949 and granted university status in 1962.
  • The founding ideology of Keele University was to meet the demands of a new kind of educational society and it still upholds the principles of community and flexible interdisciplinary study.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Maggie Atkinson − Children’s Commissioner for England.
  • Laurence Mann − Personal Political Secretary to the Prime Minister.
  • Jamie Aitchison − BAFTA winner TV coverage of 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Dominic Coles − BBC Director of Operations.
  • Jonty Bloom − BBC Business & Economics Correspondent.
  • Steve Jackson − Co-Founder Games Workshop.
  • Dr David Collett − Director of VSO, now Chief Executive of WaterAid.

Further Details

Address Keele University
UCAS Code K12