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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Is your subject knowledge up to date? Do you need additional training before you begin your course next year? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Last year nearly 40% of trainees in eligible subjects completed additional subject training to enable them to start teacher training.

Applicants often need more specific subject knowledge to begin an ITT course if they’ve:

  • Studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the basic skills needed to teach at secondary level
  • Studied a degree that’s related to the subject, rather than an exact match for it
  • Recently graduated and studied a degree not related to the subject but have a related A level
  • Changed career and may have an unrelated degree with substantial related knowledge including an A level
  • A languages degree, but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools

You may find that following your interview you receive a conditional offer that requires you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). These can be completed during the course if necessary but we recommend completing them before you start as your PGCE year will be a busy one. SKE can vary in terms of duration, from an 8 week refresher or booster programme through to a 28 week programme and can be undertaken by trainees on a full-time or part-time basis. We will always try our best to help you organise this.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) funds SKE programmes in biology, chemistry, computing, design and technology, geography, languages, mathematics and physics. There are a range of providers and Sheffield Hallam, our partner university, will help you find the best place for you.

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