Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses


Don't hold back from applying for our programme 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 (SKE) programme.

We have supported applicants on a range of fully funded SKEs which have helped them to hone their knowledge prior to starting, or alongside, their School Direct PGCE.

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 £7,200 to support you throughout the course.

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.

Talk to us if you think you may be eligible for a SKE as we have expertise in arranging these with previous candidates.

Being an SLE has given me the opportunity to experience life in other school settings.  It is always nice to work with teachers who are keen to share ideas and are looking for ways to further support and enhance their provision.

Katrina Beswick – SLE


"Maths has always been one of my strongest subjects, however having a degree in Sport didn’t make me the most ideal candidate to become a Maths teacher.  Completing a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course in Mathematics not only gave me the knowledge and confidence to teach KS3 and KS4 maths, it has given me a nationally recognised qualification which employers regard as a high level subject knowledge base of the national curriculum.  The course was all online and support is available at all times. Highly recommended for anyone who has the passion to teach but lack a subject specific degree."

Michael Robinson - 32 week SKE in Mathematics via TES institute 2015/16


Great Sankey High School

Barrow Hall Lane

Warrington, Cheshire  WA5 3AA

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