Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

These courses are designed for applicants who have been offered, or are hoping to gain, a place on a postgraduate Secondary Education Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course in England. SKE programmes are designed for ITT candidates to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach their chosen subject. At interview, your subject knowledge will be assessed and, if you need it, you will be offered a place on a course to develop the subject-specific content that you will require.

Fully Funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

Short Booster Courses (Non-Funded)

These are available to University Secondary Initial Teacher Education applicants with an offer to start their teacher training in September 2019. We offer courses in the following subjects:

These are shorter courses designed to target specific aspects of subject knowledge in a very intensive manner. They are designed for those who already have substantial subject knowledge but need to address particular areas. They are available for the following subjects:






Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish courses)





Psychology (2 day)


There is no charge for any of the above courses, and a DfE bursary is payable to eligible participants.

These involve a charge and do not carry a bursary. For further details please follow the links on the menu. 

Am I eligible for a SKE course?

To be eligible trainees must:

  • Not be going onto an undergraduate course.
  • Not already hold qualified teacher status.
  • Have agreement from their Initial Teacher Training (ITT)  provider that they should attend. (i.e. it needs to be a condition of a PGCE offer). For a booster course you need to have a PGCE offer.


An DfE bursary is payable to participants if eligible. This  is currently £200 per week. For further information, please visit the Department of Education website.

(Please note those with a 3rd class or ordinary degree are not eligible for a bursary and no bursary funding can be paid until the final degree grade is confirmed.)

Bursary payments are made monthly with the first month in arrears. 


For all enquiries please e-mail the SKE Administrator at