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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, English, Modern Foreign Languages, geography, design and technology, religious education and physics. You will need to have a related degree or an A level in your chosen subject. 


By the end of the SKE programme, you will have a better subject knowledge and be more prepared to start your PGCE Programme.

An SKE may be offered to you if without the SKE you would be highly unlikely to meet the subject knowledge requirements of the Teachers' Standards by the time you completed your ITT course. For you to enrol on an SKE it must be a condition of your ITT offer, and you cannot apply for it without that conditional offer.

The programmes are blended, so there is a mixture of online support and teaching and also face-to-face teaching. We also offer 8 week, 12 week, 16 week and 20 week programmes, starting from April 2019.

Starting dates still open:

3 June 2019, 12 Week Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) SKE Programme

1 July 2019, 8 Week Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) SKE Programme

We offer SKE programmes in the following subjects:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• Physics


For eligible UK and EU/EEA 'Home' students, the SKE programme is fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE) For more information see the DfE website.
Students who have not graduated from their degree at the point of starting or completing the SKE course will not receive any bursary payments until proof of degree completion and the final grade has been provided. Once this evidence has been provided, a payment can  be processed for any outstanding funds due.


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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