Develop your subject knowledge and grow your career

Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) for teachers programme is designed to help qualified, in-service teachers to update or develop their current subject knowledge or to train to teach other specialist subjects.

These in-depth, SKE for teachers courses could help you to boost your teaching career by providing you with the opportunity to formally train to teach an additional high demand shortage subject such as Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, German, Maths, Physics, Primary Maths and English, or Spanish.

Who should apply?

If you are an in-service teacher who is looking to gain subject confidence or to train to teach a second or third subject and you are able to teach at least two lessons (towards the end of the course) in your chosen SKE subject, you could benefit from this course.

Tutor support

At the start of the programme you will be appointed a personal pathway tutor who is a subject specialist in your chosen subject. Your personal pathway tutor will mentor and work with you to create an agreed learning plan, and to coach your subject knowledge and skill development.

As an experienced teacher they will guide and support you, and they will be able to provide you with hints and tips to try in the classroom.


Your subject knowledge will be assessed throughout the course and there are compulsory SKE checkpoints to ensure that you are engaging with the programme and making good progress. Your pathway tutor will provide you with regular feedback to support your development and critical reflection skills.

The final task involves you planning two lessons, teaching them, providing feedback from pupils and writing a self-reflected, detailed evaluation of your own lesson. This evidence will be reviewed and assessed by your tutor.

Why choose Subject Knowledge Enhancement for Teachers?

This course will help you to:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of your subject and associated specialist pedagogy
  • Develop critical reflection skills
  • Acquire some of the tools to become an outstanding teacher
  • Gain confidence in teaching your chosen subject to pupils aged 11-16 years
  • Get experience of action research and evaluating impact on pupil progress to help with career progression
  • Discover innovative ideas, techniques and activities to use in the classroom

Course delivery

Our SKE courses are delivered 100% online so that you can fit learning around your existing school and personal commitments. Each programme is made up of approximately 15 on-demand sessions, designed by teachers for teachers, to provide you with relevant and engaging content and lesson ideas.

How long does it take to complete?

It will take you roughly 42 weeks to complete your SKE for teachers course, based on you spending roughly seven hours learning each week.

To increase the flexibility of the course for busy working teachers, you will be given up to one year to complete your course. On completion of your course, you will have one additional month of access to the online materials.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement subjects

Our 100% online Subject Knowledge Enhancement for Teachers courses are available in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Primary Maths and English
  • Spanish

When can I start the course?

Application Deadline Start Date
10th February 2020 24th February 2020
23rd March 2020 20th April 2020
18th May 2020 1st June 2020

How much does it cost?

Each 42-week course is fully supported by an experienced subject specialist tutor and costs £1,500 (inc. VAT) per teacher per course.

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria for an SKE course for in-service teachers, please call our enrolment team on 0203 194 3200 and we will talk you through the application process.

Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry form by clicking the find out more button and one of our enrolment advisors will contact you.