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Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in Biology, Chemistry or Physics Certificate of Attendance

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Short course; Non-credit
  • Start Date(s): May 2022
  • Duration: 8 weeks full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course will develop your scientific knowledge to enable you to undertake a PGCE or School Direct Training Programme and train for a career in secondary Science teaching.

SKE courses are available for all three science specialisms and are intended to support you before you begin an initial teacher training (ITT) course which would lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The condition of entry is an offer of a place on an ITT course.

OptionSKE Science with BiologySKE Science with ChemistrySKE Science with Physics
11 - 16 curriculumYesYesYes

What you’ll study

This 11 - 16 SKE course begins in May 2023. This 200 hour course, delivered over eight weeks, is designed to help you develop broad science subject knowledge and prepare you to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics effectively up to GCSE level.

The curriculum is broadly based on the national programmes for study for KS3 and KS4, enabling you to teach the 11 - 16 curriculum with confidence.

How you’re taught

11 - 16 SKE option

This course runs from May 2023 to July 2023.

Attendance at the University is Monday to Thursday, 9.30 am to 4 pm.

Attendance at the University is not required on Fridays as this is directed study.

Staff Profiles

Philippa Baker

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Philippa Baker

Ruth Richards (Dr )

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Ruth Richards (Dr )

Careers and employability

This course is designed for graduates with a degree in a subject other than Biology, Chemistry or Physics who wish to train as secondary Science 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.

The SKE courses are taken ahead of ITT during which school or college experience is central to the course and short time will be spent in schools during the year. Students on the ITT year are formally observed by their subject mentor.

Entry requirements

You need to apply for an ITT course through UCAS Teacher Training for either a PGCE or School Direct route into teaching. The training provider will identify the need to enhance your subject knowledge before commencing ITT. They will make SKE a condition of their ITT offer for the following academic year.

Fees and funding

SKE courses are fully funded by the Department for Education and Home UK, and EU full-time students will receive a tax free bursary of up to £200 per week for the duration of the course (subject to confirmation by DfE).

How to apply

How to apply

  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.


Tel +44 (0)115 848 4460


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