Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course offers you the chance to prepare for teacher training by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge. You must have an offer from your ITT provider in order to apply for a SKE course. Funding for these courses is reviewed annually by the Department for Education. 

Pre-teacher training

A pre-initial teacher training SKE course is right for you if you’re a prospective teacher of secondary education and a SKE course has been made a condition of your offer of a place for teacher training. Our courses are designed to strengthen and enhance your existing subject knowledge, and support and prepare you for your training to be a secondary teacher.

They are intensive programmes funded by the Department for Education.

How do SKE courses work?

A SKE course will be made as a condition of your offer to take up a teacher training place for a number of reasons including:

  • To build on your prior knowledge and understanding in your chosen area.
  • Even though you are a graduate, your area of subject expertise might be outside the subject you wish to teach.
  • Your subject knowledge may have come from a minor part of your degree, studied at A Level or gained through professional work/other employment.

Our SKE courses are between 8 and 28 weeks long, depending on the subject and/or the amount of enhancement your subject knowledge needs!

During 2023 we are offering SKE courses in the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Mathematics 
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

Courses will start at different times, depending on the length of SKE course you've been advised to take to ensure your subject knowledge is developed enough to begin your teacher training course.

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)).