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Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) – University of Reading

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to teach a specialised subject in secondary schools.

The information on this page is meant for guidance to those who might think they require an SKE and for general information.

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

The courses vary in length. The Science Programmes run over 8,12,16,20 weeks with two practical weeks in June and July.

The Mathematics Programme runs over 12 weeks from April to July.

We have the benefit of built in flexibility and tailored programmes to your needs.

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.

dates (provisional)


Start Date:19 April 2021 (face-to-face and independent learning) to 16 July 2020

Science (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)  (online and two face-to-face practical sessions weeks)

8 week, Start Date: 7 June 2021

12 week, Start Date: 10 May 2021

16 week, Start Date: 12 April 2021

20 week, Start Date: 15 March 2021

GCSE (all sciences covered) w/c 14 June 2021

A'Level (specialism) 21/22/23 July 2021


In September 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that they would not be issuing allocations to Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) providers until after the Government Spending Review. We should hear more about this from late-November, early-December 2020.


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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