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Subject knowledge enhancement courses

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programmes can help you open the door to QTS and PGCE teacher training.

If you are applying for teacher training in the following subjects then the SKE programmes are perfect for you. The length of programme that you undertake will be decided by your provider.

We offer SKE courses for:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • French
  • Math
  • Physics
  • RE
  • Spanish
  • Geography

The above courses are available in 8, 16 and 28 weeks apart from English and RE which are 8 weeks in length.

Download SKE booklet

The programmes will build your confidence by refreshing and expanding your existing subject knowledge and pedagogy in the subjects that we cover, before you become a trainee teacher.

St Mary’s SKE programmes are for applicants that have been offered a place on an intial teacher training (ITT) programme and have been asked by their provider to undertake an SKE programme.

The programmes are funded by the Department for Education, who also offer a bursary for applicants who have been asked to undertake an SKE by their provider.

Our distance learning courses are delivered by the Vidlearn™ online platform. This partnership has been established for many years and has been used to successfully train pre-ITT trainees.

The online programmes on the Vidlearn™ platform are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • French
  • Math
  • Physics
  • RE
  • Spanish

The programmes are 8, 16 and 28 weeks in duration.

English 8 week SKE is offered solely by St Mary’s University

Our online tutors are experienced tutors who will ensure that participants make the best possible progress.

Face-to-face programmes

St Mary’s University offer face to face programmes in: Math 8 & 16 week, Spanish & French 8 week.

The programmes take place at St Mary’s University. They run from Monday – Friday. All applicants registering to attend the face to face programme must commit to attending 100% of the programme.

You will be taught by a team of experienced practitioners who will ensure that participants make the best possible progress.

The length of the programmes are:

  • 8 week (200 hours): Candidates that require their SKE boosted or refreshed to GCSE level – The face to face 8 week programme covers GCSE and A level
  • 16 week (400 hours): Candidates who wish to teach at ‘A’ level and already have a strong qualification in the subject.
  • 28 week (700 hours): candidates that may benefit from a longer subject knowledge from GCSE to ‘A’ level

Book your SKE course now

For further information please contact Lizzy Jackson:  SKE@stmarys.ac.uk