Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If you’re interested in applying for teacher training in maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, biology, geography or a language, you needn’t let a lack of specialist knowledge hold you back. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme.

Your teacher training provider may feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training first. This could be because:

  • your degree, though closely related, wasn’t in your chosen subject
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • you have relevant professional experience, but need help with applying it to the curriculum and your teaching

If that’s the case, they’ll offer you a place that’s conditional on doing an SKE course.

SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees, and you may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £7,200 to support you throughout the course. The length varies depending on your needs, from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes to more extensive 36-week courses. You can complete your SKE before or in parallel with your teacher training, as a full-time classroom-based course, part-time, or even online.

Please contact us for more information before you submit your application.