Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

We are providing Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics for individuals who have obtained a place on an ITT course but need to improve their subject knowledge before starting their training. It is a requirement that you are in receipt of a conditional training place offer subject to successful completion of such a course. The conditional training place (on an initial teacher training route) provides funding for the course and an additional bursary for personal expenses.

The Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is aimed at those who have been offered a place on a postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course and who require subject knowledge enhancement. A team of experienced teacher practitioners with a wealth of expertise and experience working in secondary education will deliver the course.

This course will focus on aspects of Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum, some core components of AS/A2 including the application modules:

  • Statistics
  • Mechanics

The course will encourage collaborative work and there will be some self-study time, working independently or in small groups on coursework set by the course tutors. Progress will be assessed throughout the course as well as by performance in the coursework assignments.

8 Weeks
Begins: Monday 6th June 2016
Ends: Friday 29th July 2016

Enrolment and Induction Evening:
Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 5.30-7.30pm

16 Weeks
Begins: Monday 11th April 2016
Ends: Friday 29th July 2016

Enrolment and Induction Evening:
Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 5.30-7.30pm

To apply or for further information, please contact elizabeth.jackson@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 4326.


8 week course: Monday 6th June to Friday 29th July 2016

The course is aimed at those who have been offered a place on a Secondary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme for modern languages for the academic year 2016/17 where completion of a Spanish subject knowledge enhancement programme forms part of their conditional offer.

The Spanish SKE course at St Mary's University is funded by the NCTL and participants will receive funding along with a bursary. The bursary for this programme is £1600 which will be paid in monthly instalments.

We are delighted that the delivery of this course will include University tutors and an experienced Secondary School teacher from one of our outstanding partnership schools, ensuring that participants make the best possible progress.

The course content will focus on language for teaching Spanish confidently in Key Stage 3, but with some focus on teaching in KS4 where possible. Good practice in modern language teaching will be modelled throughout, providing a very good basis for participants about to embark on teacher training courses.

The eight week course will be full-time. In addition to direct teaching, there will be opportunities for collaborative work and some self-study time. Participants will be expected to complete a range of assessed tasks as directed by the tutor. Some online activity is an integral part of the course.

To apply or for further information, please contact elizabeth.jackson@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 4326.


We are offering an eight, twelve and twenty-four week distance learning SKE which includes two weeks practical laboratory work at Charterhouse School. A team of experienced teacher practitioners with a wealth of experience from working in secondary education will oversee the course.

Registration is now open. For further details and application forms for any of the above courses, please contact Elizabeth Jackson, Recruitment and Enterprise Officer:
Email: elizabeth.jackson@stmarys.ac.uk