SKE Chemistry

The Sussex Online Chemistry SKE is a flexible course that allows you to address gaps in your knowledge of Chemistry at GCSE and A-level whilst also providing options to address your knowledge of the KS3 Physics and Biology that you are likely to teach.

Applications now closed

Applications for our SKE courses are now closed and will reopen in October 2023.

Study a Chemistry SKE at Sussex

We offer a range of units for trainees from KS3 to A-Level. All are supported by excellent interactive “SnapRevise” resources. You will have access to all 3 sciences to GCSE and your specialist subject to A-level. Your subscription will remain active all through your training year, so you will be able to refer to the resources whenever you need them – even after your SKE is complete.

Typical course structure

The Sussex Online Chemistry SKE is available as a 8,12,16, 20, 24 or 28 week course.

Once you have enrolled, you will be able to select from the following 4 week Units:

  • KS3 Science (focussed on developing your non-specialist sciences to KS3 standard)
  • KS3/KS4 Practical Science (Practical Science Skills across the 3 Sciences, but specialising in Chemistry)
  • GCSE Chemistry - Atomic Structure, Periodic Table, Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry
  • GCSE Chemistry - Chemical Changes, Rates, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis
  • A-Level Chemistry - Physical Chemistry, Bonding, Energetics, Rates and REDOX
  • A-Level Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
  • A-Level Chemistry - Physical Chemistry II
  • A-Level Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I


  • 28 weeks

    You will select any 7 Units from the 6 Chemistry Units and the 2 General Science Units, giving you a comprehensive background in the Chemistry curriculum from KS3 to A-level.

  • 24 weeks

    You will select any 6 Units from the 6 Chemistry Units and the 2 General Science Units. You can cover all the GCSE and A-level curriculum or cover the general science units, GCSE and the Year 12 content (which is the A Level material that you are most likely to be asked to teach in the early years of your career).

  • 20 weeks

    A 20 week course allows you to select any 5 Units. You can focus on GCSE or the A-level curriculum and also familiarise yourself with the curriculum in other key stages.

  • 16 weeks

    A 16 week course is very flexible. You select any 4 Units. If you will be teaching in an 11-16 school, then you can focus on KS3 and KS4 units. Alternatively, you can cover the full A-level curriculum and ensure you are prepared for the challenge of post-16 classes. You are also free to select units that span KS3 to A-level to give you a broad overview of the Chemistry curriculum.

  • 12 weeks

    On the 12 Week course you select any 3 Units. For most students we suggest completing the KS3 Science Unit and the two GCSE Units, but get in touch with us at if you would like to do a different selection.

  • 8 weeks

    On the 8 Week course you select any 2 Units. Most students will complete both GCSE Units or the KS3 Unit and one of the GCSE Units. Get in touch with us at if you would like to do a different selection.

Eligibility for Department for Education (DfE) bursary

To be eligible for the £175/week DfE bursary, you must:

  • hold an offer of a ITE place, which is conditional on your completion of an SKE course of the specified length
  • NOT have previously attended any other DfE-funded SKE course
  • have a degree of 2:2 or above (if your degree subject is an exact match to your SKE subject, then it must have been awarded more than five years ago)
  • be considered a ‘home’ fee status student.

Payment of your bursary will be dependent on submission of assignments and ongoing participation. 


In addition to input from specialist subject tutors you will also receive:

  • a physical copy of a GCSE and/or A-level textbook, as well as a revision guide. 
  • a full subscription to the excellent SnapRevise materials, an interactive course of videos and short assessments (You will have access to all 3 sciences for GCSE and the materials for A-level in your specialist subject. You’ll retain access to these until the end of your training year)
  • a fully paid subscription to ExamPro, a database of past KS3, GCSE and A-level exam questions
  • access to thousands of relevant physical and e-books through our Library
  • licensed software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • access to Box of Broadcasts, a huge collection of documentaries, schools TV, films and drama that you can stream for free. 

Contact us

If you have any queries about studying an SKE at Sussex, email

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