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SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement)

The SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course could be the only thing standing between you and becoming a teacher. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to teach a specialised subject in secondary schools.

If you have already received an offer of a place for secondary teacher training, you may need to complete an SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course in order to fulfil the conditions of entry.

SKE courses are designed to help you increase your subject knowledge in line with the appropriate standard needed to teach at secondary level. SKEs are only available for certain shortage subjects, for example: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. You will need to have a related degree or an A level in your chosen subject.

Programmes available

We run two types of programme:

  • A course lasting 16-24 weeks for subject changers or if you need face to face support in improving your subject knowledge.
  • An eight-week online programme for teaching GCSE Chemistry, Physics or Biology if you have strong subject knowledge but need to update yourself on the current GCSE syllabus.

By the end of the programme, your knowledge of the chosen subject will enable you to teach the subject to GCSE/A level standard.

We offer the following programmes:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Fees and funding

For eligible UK and EU/EEA 'Home' students, the SKE programme is fully funded by the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership).

The NCTL also provides a bursary to help cover eligible students living costs whilst on the programme. The bursary amount is dependant on the length of the programme, and students must have a lower second-class honours degree or above to be eligible for the bursary.

Applications and enquiries

For more detailed information about SKE courses at Reading, what to expect from the courses we run, and how the application process works alongside the PGCE application process, please contact the SKE administrator on or call +44 (0) 118 378 2626

Postal address

The SKE Administrator
The Institute of Education
Reading University
London Road campus
4 Redlands Road

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