Is it too late to start an SKE course?
Applying for SKE in August or September
Although you may have started your teacher training or be late applying, you may find that aspects of your subject knowledge still to be improved. Fortunately you can overlap a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course with your training but there are some things that you should be aware of.
An SKE course can overlap with teacher training
Ideally, we would advise you to complete your SKE course before teacher training but as we get closer to September, it is likely that you will need to overlap part of your SKE course with your teacher training. Whilst it is perfectly fine to do this, you should bear in mind the additional workload involved. Typically, we recommend a trainee spends between 20-25 hours per week on an SKE course, but since our courses are 100% online and can be completed at any time, it is possible to fit this learning around teacher training.
If you are eligible for both an SKE and ITT bursary it is important to be aware that during the overlap period a trainee will only receive one set of bursary funding. In this time, they will receive the one with the higher amount, which is usually the ITT bursary. SKE course funding will not however be affected during the overlap.
There is no cost to the candidate
The DfE will provide course funding of up to £5,600 for SKE, so long as you receive a conditional Initial Teacher Training (ITT) offer stating that you must complete an SKE. In addition to this funding the candidate will also be eligible for a tax-free bursary, equivalent to £200 per week if your degree score is above or equal to a 2:2 classification.
A part-time course makes things even more flexible
A part-time option is worth considering for trainees who are starting an SKE course in July or August, particularly if you think you require an SKE course longer than eight weeks. Whilst overlapping SKE with ITT is doable, a longer full-time course may become harder once the demands of initial teacher training increases.
Our part-time SKE courses are designed to reduce the amount of time a candidate spends learning each week by half. However, this means that the course doubles in length- so a full time eight week course is delivered over 16 weeks.
SKE is not just for candidates with non-subject specific degrees
Whilst SKE courses are ideal for candidates whose degree is related but not specific to their chosen subject, they may still be useful for someone who has a closely related degree or a subject specific degree. For example, a candidate with a closely related degree may start teacher training after spending time in industry and they may need to refresh their subject knowledge and build subject confidence.
Our SKE courses also include subject pedagogy within sessions, so you will pick up extra skills beyond improving your subject knowledge.
How do I enrol on an SKE course?
If you feel that you would benefit from a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply here.
Our enrolment team is always on hand to answer any questions that you might have, either by phone on 0203 194 3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.