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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 a 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, Design and Technology, Religious Education and Physics. You will need to have a related degree or an A level in your chosen subject.

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 ITE course. For you to enrol on an SKE, it must be a condition of your ITE offer and you cannot apply for it without that conditional offer.

The Institute of Education will not be running SKE programmes this academic year (2022/23).

Visit the Get into Teaching website for more information

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