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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Applying for teacher training need not be held back due to gaps in subject knowledge, or lack of degree in that subject. We recognise that you may have built considerable subject knowledge, through employment for example, or that your degree may lend itself to a particular subject despite its main focus being something different. You may still be able to train to teach (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement programme.

SKE courses are available in Biology, Computing, Chemistry, Design and Technology, English, Geography, Languages, Maths, Physics, or Religious Education. If you apply to us, we may ask you to take an SKE course if we feel you have the right qualities to become a great teacher, but believe you need to complete additional subject training first. If that’s the case, we will offer you a place conditional on doing an SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but it was closely related

  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at University

  • you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course will 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 – and you may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £5,600 to support you throughout the course.

SKE programmes are available all over England and can be completed by studying face to face, online, or a combination of both. The length of SKE varies depending on your need – from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes, through to more extensive 36-week courses. We will discuss your options with you once you have accepted a place on our programme but the majority of our SKE is facilitated by the University of Sussex

Find out more from trainees and teachers who took advantage of an SKE course

Please speak to us to find out more information before you submit your teacher training application, if you are worried about this in any way.


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