Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses
Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training due to your subject confidence - you can top up your subject knowledge with an SKE. These fully funded courses are available if:
- your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
- you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level
- you have an unrelated degree, but relevant professional experience in the subject
- it's been some time since you used your degree knowledge
SKE courses are available in: maths, physics, languages, chemistry, computing, biology, geography, English, religious education, design and technology, and primary maths. Schools or universities will identify your need for an SKE as part of their selection process, usually at interview. If they feel you need to enhance your knowledge, but have potential to be a great teacher, they'll offer you a teacher training place on the condition that you complete an SKE course.
Length of courses
The length can vary from an eight-week refresher course to 28 weeks. Your training provider will decide the course lengths, which will depend on the required specialist knowledge you'll need to teach the subject effectively.
Tax-free SKE bursary of up to £5,600
You could get a tax-free SKE bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course. Depending on the course length, in total you could receive a bursary of £5,600 for a 28-week course or £2,400 for a shorter course of 12 weeks.
Delivery of SKE courses
SKE courses are available all over England at universities, schools, or with other organisations. They can be completed before, or alongside your teacher training and are available to study full-time or part-time, classroom-based or on-line. The SKE directory sets out what courses are provided.
SKE in modern foreign languages
You can now complete two fully funded SKE courses to refresh your main teaching language and to study another language. Your training provider will decide the length of each SKE course you may need.
If you think an SKE course will benefit you, contact the schools or universities you attend to apply to for more information. Alternatively, you can speak to our expert advisers on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or via our online chat service between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday.
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