Department of Education

SKE English

This course is intended for graduates interested in teaching English language and literature at secondary school level who need to develop their subject knowledge in order to do so. It is funded by the Department for Education and, therefore, free to participants. Funding is dependent on your having been offered a conditional place on an ITE course. You may also be eligible to receive a £175 a week bursary from the date of enrolment until your ITE course begins in the autumn.

Course Leader: Sue Pinnick

The English SKE course is undertaken in two parts:

From April to September, learning is undertaken largely independently through reading, writing and online discussion groups supported by independent tutorial support and guidance.

In July, this learning is blended with two weeks of intensive English language and literature sessions offered on the University campus, if current restrictions allow; otherwise, delivered online.

For more information see SKE English 2021.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements:

  • A passion for English language and literature (i.e. you will be a keen reader of fiction and other genres)
  • A good honours degree, preferably with an English component or with additional relevant experiences, eg. TEFL, English teaching, work in publishing, or an A Level in English language or literature
  • A conditional place on an English ITE course.


To apply for a place on an English SKE course, please complete the SKE Application Form 2021: English and send it to: