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Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in Design and Technology Certificate of Attendance

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Short course; Non-credit
  • Start Date(s): May 2023
  • Duration: Eight weeks full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course is designed for those wishing to enhance their current subject knowledge in Design and Technology before beginning a PGCE or School Direct Training Programme.

Future teachers of Design and Technology (D&T) need to be familiar with subject knowledge across the four areas of D&T in order to teach to secondary pupils. The D&T Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course has been designed with the aim of helping students develop a deeper understanding of fundamental D&T concepts with particular emphasis on the Design and Make process that is inherent in the D&T Curriculum.

This is a full-time, eight week SKE course for graduates with a degree in a subject other than Design and Technology, who wish to train as secondary Design and Technology teachers.

The aim is to provide the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding that you need to teach secondary D&T confidently and competently. The course reflects the current national curriculum content. SKE courses are well-established at Nottingham Trent University and there are many successful teachers in our region who began their training by completing a SKE course.

This SKE course is fully funded by the Department for Education and you will receive a tax free bursary of up to £175 per week for the duration of the course (subject to confirmation by DfE).

What you’ll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The course is designed to develop the subject knowledge you require to teach Design and Technology in secondary schools at Key Stages 3 and 4.

The focus is on:

  • knowledge, understanding and skills, development within all material areas within D&T
  • an awareness of the nature of teaching and learning within secondary D&T
  • communication and team skills.

How you’re taught

The SKE Design & Technology Course runs from 22 May 2023 to 21 July 2023.

Attendance at the University is Monday to Thursday 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.

There will be no sessions during the school half-term from 29 May to 2 June.

Attendance at the University is not required on Friday, however these engagement hours will be through directed online study.

Staff Profiles

Sarah Davies

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Dr Sarah Davies profile and biography

Careers and employability

This course is designed for graduates with a degree in a subject other than Design and Technology, who wish to train as secondary Design and Technology teachers. You must already hold an offer of a place on either a School Direct or PGCE course to be accepted on a SKE course.

Trainees that continue and successfully complete either a PGCE or School Direct course which leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher in a secondary school or college.

This course does not currently offer placements.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Confirmation (by your school or course provider) that you have been accepted onto an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course, such as PGCE or School Direct.

By being interviewed, offered a place and accepting that place on an ITT course, you are deemed to have met the entry requirements for this Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Fees and funding

Home UK, and EU full-time students are eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £175 per week (subject to confirmation by DfE).

How to apply

Provider referral

If a school or ITT provider decides that you would be suitable for secondary design and technology teaching, but that you need to develop your design and technology subject knowledge, they can offer you a place on their School Direct or PGCE course. However, this offer is made on condition that you successfully complete the SKE course prior to starting the ITT course. There are then two possibilities:

  1. Your school or ITT provider contacts us and, provided there are vacancies, refers you to this course, or
  2. You contact us directly. In this case we will confirm with your school or provider that they have offered, and you have accepted, an ITT place.
  3. Questions?

Tel +44 (0)115 848 4460


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