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 £200 a week bursary from the date of enrolment until your ITE course begins in the autumn.

All SKE recruitment is frozen at this time while we wait for confirmation on what SKE course and bursary funding is available for 2021. We expect to have confirmation by the end of this year (2020) and will update these pages at that stage. Some providers may offer SKE that students pay for themselves, but we encourage youto check our website in the new year (Jan 2021) to see what free SKE courses we are offering.

Course Leader: Sue Pinnick

The English SKE course is undertaken in two parts:

From February to July, 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 intensive English language and literature sessions offered on the University campus, along with a four day residential trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see two Shakespeare plays and attend workshops.

For more information see SKE English 2020.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements:

  • A passion for English language and literature (ie. 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.

Queries and applications

To apply for a place on an English SKE course, please complete the SKE Application Form: 2020 and send it to:

ITE Admissions (SKE)
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex