Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course offers you the chance to prepare for teacher training by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge. It can also help boost your skills in a particular subject area if you already have qualified teacher status (QTS) but did not train in the subject you are now teaching.

SKE courses are available to those who would like to train to teach in a particular curriculum area but who need to enhance their subject knowledge.

We offer two types of subject knowledge enhancement courses: pre-service and in-service.


Pre-initial teacher training SKE courses are intensive programmes funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for graduates who need to develop a greater depth of subject understanding before going on to train for Qualified Teacher Status.

We offer 8, 12 and 16 week SKE courses in the following subjects beginning in 2018:

SKE courses enable graduates who need to develop their knowledge and understanding of these subjects to a sufficient standard, to teach in secondary schools.

A SKE course is taken prior to starting an initial teacher training programme.

It is important to note that you must have a conditional offer of a place on an initial teacher training programme at Birmingham City University, or another provider, before you can embark on a SKE course.

For eligible Initial Teacher Training (ITT) applicants, these courses are fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). You do not have to apply for the funding as this will be dealt with by the School of Education at the University. A training bursary of up to £200 per week is available for eligible course participants. For further information, please visit the Department of Education website.

On successful completion of a SKE programme, you will progress directly onto an initial teacher training programme, (PGCE or QTS only, with a higher education institution or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), or a School Direct route).


If you have already achieved QTS but you wish to boost your subject knowledge you can undertake a post-ITT SKE course. We work with a number of Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) across the region to deliver courses in mathematics and physics.

Find out more about post-ITT SKE courses