Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses

What are Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses?

Shortage subjects in schools

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses address teacher shortages in key subjects. This tends to include:

  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Modern foreign languages.

If you have an interest in teaching any of these subjects at secondary school but lack the required specialist subject knowledge you can apply to study an SKE course.

Courses are available all over England. They may be taken prior to teacher training or as part of the teacher training course.

Courses last from 8 to 36 weeks.

What are the entry requirements for SKE courses?

  • As an SKE candidate you’ll already have been accepted onto an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course. This could be a university led PGCE/PGDE course, a School Direct programme, or otherwise, with the condition that you attend and pass an SKE course.
  • As an ITE applicant with the need for SKE you’ll normally have a good honours degree. This doesn’t have to be in a related subject.
  • You’ll usually need an A Level in the subject you intend to specialise in.
  • You should have GCSEs (A–C) in Maths and English Language.

Entry requirements vary between SKE providers. Consult university websites and admissions departments for more detailed information.

What funding is available for SKE courses?

SKE courses are fully funded so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees. You may also be eligible for a bursary to contribute towards living costs. See what funding you can get.