Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in English Certificate of Attendance
- Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Short course; Non-credit
- Start Date(s): May 2023
- Duration: 8 weeks full-time
- Study Mode(s): Full-time
- Campus: Clifton Campus
“Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.”
The English Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is aimed at supporting trainees who need to develop their understanding of the subject, the curriculum and relevant educational theory. The fundamental principles of Reading, Writing, Grammar & Vocabulary and Spoken Language underpin our content and sessions focus on broadening subject knowledge and bringing innovation and creativity to classroom delivery.
Our SKE English course is fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is designed to increase and support your subject knowledge before you begin your Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course as a PGCE or School Direct trainee.
How you’re taught
The course begins with a Subject Knowledge Audit to determine your current knowledge level and establish your areas that require further development. A final audit takes place at the end of your course to show your progress. Specialist tutors support your progression through the course content and set tasks, and are available to answer your questions throughout your studies.
These flexible courses are tailored to meet your experience and learning needs. Topics cover the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 (and explore key stage 5), getting you up to speed before you begin your teacher training in September. Our SKE courses are short non-credit bearing courses, with a certificate awarded at the end of your course to provide to your training provider as proof of your successful completion.
Careers and employability
These courses are designed for graduates who wish to train to teach a particular secondary education subject, but do not have sufficient subject knowledge. To be eligible, you must already hold an offer of a place on a postgraduate teacher training course, and the provider offering that place must have made completion of the SKE course a condition of that offer.
Individuals who subsequently successfully complete their teacher training course will then be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, and be ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher in secondary schools or colleges.
Campus and facilities
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Entry to our SKE courses is available to those who hold the offer of a place on a postgraduate initial teacher training course, and for whom the provider offering that place has made completion of a SKE course a condition of their offer.
Fees and funding
SKE courses are funded by the Department for Education (DfE). Those eligible for the course will receive a tax free bursary of £175 per week for the duration of the course (subject to confirmation by DfE).
How to apply
If an ITT provider makes completion of a SKE course a condition of their offer of a place on an ITT course, then you should contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can provide you with further information and secure your place on your course.