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Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses

Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training in biology, geography, maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, or a language because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement programme.

The teacher training provider(s) you apply to may ask you to take an SKE course if they feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training first. If that’s the case, they'll offer you a conditional place upon doing an SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course would show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching

SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees. You may also be eligible for a training bursary of up to £7,200 to support you throughout the course. SKE bursaries are awarded by your training provider – so it’s a good idea to contact them if you’re unsure about the financial support you’ll receive during your SKE course.

Delivery of SKE courses

SKE programmes are available all over England at universities, schools, or third parties such as Science Learning Centres. They can be completed before, or alongside some or all of your teacher training. The length of SKE varies depending on your need – from eight-week ‘refresher’ programmes, through to more extensive 36-week courses.

SKE can be offered as full-time classroom-based study, part-time and evening/weekend study, or delivered online. It could also be a combination of these approaches.

For more information

It’s a good idea to speak with your chosen teaching training provider for more information before submitting your teacher training application. Why not see if they’re running an event near you?

Familiarise yourself with the funding available and whether you could be eligible for a generous tax-free bursary to support your training.

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Don’t worry – there’s still time to apply to start your teacher training course this September! This online session will provide you with lots of helpful hints and tips on how to make a successful application this August.

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