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.
|Option||SKE Science with Biology||SKE Science with Chemistry||SKE Science with Physics|
|11 - 16 curriculum||Yes||Yes||Yes|
What you'll study
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This 11 - 16 SKE course begins in May 2020. 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.
11 - 16 SKE option
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.
Post-16 SKE option
For those ITT trainees who need additional support to enable them to train to teach post-16 science, a bespoke programme may be available by combining our face-to-face SKE with enhancement from an online provider.
The curriculum is broadly based on either Chemistry or Physics AS specifications. Aspects of A2 level material may also be covered.
Tax free bursaries up to £200 per week are available to help you study a SKE course.
How you’re taught
11 - 16 SKE option
This course runs from 18 May 2020 to 12 July 2020.
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
How to apply
- Your school or ITT provider contacts us and, provided there are vacancies, refers you to this course, or
- 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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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).