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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, 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:
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• Physics

For 2020-21 the University of Reading will  be running 8 week SKE programmes in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

By the end of the SKE,  you will have 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.



8 weeks (200 hours)

Start Date: 10 May 2021 (blended learning) to 16 July 2021

Science (Chemistry/Physics) (online and two face-to-face practical sessions weeks, if COVID-19 restrictions allow)

8 weeks (200 hours) 7 June 2021

Practical Weeks: 14-18 June 2021 and 21-23 July 2021

Tutorial Weeks: monthly


The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that they will fund Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) providers for existing programmes but there are some changes to the eligibility and funding:
  • Reduction of the SKE candidate bursary from £200 to £175 per week
  • Removal of geography as a SKE subject
  • Tightening eligibility for SKE to exclude those who have a degree in their chosen ITT subject awarded in the previous 5 years.

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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