Department of Education

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE)

The Department of Education, within the School of Education and Social Work, offers free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses to anyone with a conditional place on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course.

SKE courses boost teacher trainees' subject knowledge prior to teacher training to enable successful progression to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They are particularly useful if your academic background omits aspects of your specialist subject at a level necessary for teaching it in secondary schools and are available in the following Secondary subjects: Science, Maths, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), English and Latin. Also Primary Maths. 

You must have been offered a place on a PGCE or School Direct course with enrolment on an SKE course a condition of acceptance.

SKE courses are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and are free to participants. If taken in advance of an ITE course, there is a bursary available.

These popular courses are available to study in a number of subjects, in a number of ways for various durations:

All SKE courses utilise the bespoke distance learning platform VIDLearnTM 

Queries and applications

SKE applicants for science subjects should complete the application form downloadable from the VIDLearnTM website.

See also the Vidlearn SKE brochure.

SKE applicants for mathematics should complete the SKE Application Form: 2018 [DOCX 56.30KB] and submit to:
ITE Admissions (SKE)
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex
Falmer
BN1 9QN
E: iteadmissions@sussex.ac.uk