University led training

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses have been designed to address teacher shortages in key subjects such as biology, geography, maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, and modern foreign languages. Those with an interest in teaching any of these subjects at secondary school but lacking the required specialist subject knowledge can apply for SKE courses.
  • SKE courses are available all over England. They may be taken prior to teacher training or as part of the teacher training course.
  • Length varies depending on student need, lasting from 8 to 36 weeks.

Entry requirements

  • SKE candidates will have already been accepted on to another Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course, this could be a university led PGCE course, a School Direct programme, or otherwise, under the proviso that they attend and pass an SKE course.
  • ITE applicants with the need for SKE will normally have a good honours degree. This doesn’t have to be in a related subject.
  • Applicants will ordinarily have an A Level in the subject they intend to specialise.
  • Applicants should have GCSEs (A–C) in Mathematics and English Language.
  • Entry requirements will vary between SKE providers. Please consult university webpages and admissions departments for more detailed info.


  • SKE courses are fully funded so you won’t pay any tuition fees.
  • SKE students may be eligible for a bursary of up to £7,200 to contribute towards the cost of living.