Distance Learning Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE)

The Department of Education, within the School of Education and Social Work, offers free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, French, Spanish and English to anyone with a conditional place on an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.

SKE courses are intended to boost teacher trainees' subject knowledge prior to ITT to enable successful progression to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They are particularly useful for those whose academic background omits aspects of their SKE specialist subject at a level necessary for teaching it in secondary schools. The courses will appeal to candidates about to embark on middle years and/or secondary School Direct, School Direct (salaried), PGCE or SCITT maths and science programmes.

A range of courses to suit all Trainees

SKE courses are funded by the NCTL and are therefore free to participants. Additionally, NCTL-funded SKE trainees are entitled to a tax-free bursary. The bursary is dependent on progression at the required rate.

Courses offered include 8 week GCSE Boosters, Accelerated A Level Courses over 16 weeks and Long Enhancement Programmes over 28 weeks. Our courses have multiple access points to allow you to learn at your own pace and require around 25 hours of study per week if you apply on or about the last application date. Please use the Menu Panel on the left for further course information our online application system.