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Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

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 Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) 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. 


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

By the end of the SKE,  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.

Further guidance on SKEs can be found on the page.

The programmes we offer are blended, so there is a mixture of online support and teaching and also face-to-face teaching.


We offer 8 week, 12 week, 16 week and 20 week programmes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, as well as a 12 week Mathematics programme.

12 week SKE Mathematics
DATES: 22 April 2020 to 17 July 2020
(face to face taught days Weds - Fri)

SCIENCE SKE - all are blended learning with face to face practical weeks:
w/c 15 June 2020
w/c 27 July 2020

8 week SKE Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology
DATES: Start 8 June 2020

12 week SKE Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology
DATES: Start 11 May 2020

16 week SKE Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology
DATES: Start 13 April 2020

20 week SKE Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology
DATES: Start 16 March 2020 


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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