SKE Computer Science

The Sussex Online Computer Science SKE is a flexible course where you can expand your knowledge of the Computer Science curriculum in Secondary schools.

Study a Computer Science SKE at Sussex

We offer a range of units for trainees from KS3 to GCSE in which you can select from different materials areas (see below). All are supported by an excellent range of resources including projects from Isaac Computer Science and Craig n Dave.

Typical course structure

The Sussex Online Computer Science SKE is available as an 8,12 or 16-week course. All students must complete the two compulsory modules in July which concludes with a week-long workshop based face-to-face session.

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

  • KS3 Introduction to Programming Scratch (C)
  • KS4 Introduction to Programming in Python (C)
  • Computational Thinking and Algorithms
  • System Architecture
  • Data Representation in Binary (numbers, characters, images, sound)
  • Cyber Security and Networks
  • Website Design using HTML and CSS

You will take two compulsory units and choose from a selection of optional units, with more units available later in the year. You’re expected to study 25 hours a week, made up of independent study and tutorials.

Each unit will be assessed through a range of assignments including a portfolio of work, exercises and projects that allow you to demonstrate student engagement in several ways. You will also prepare materials that can be used in the classroom.

To prepare you for your PGCE you will mainly follow the GCSE Computer Science J277 Syllabus from the OCR exam board. There will also be some KS3 units of work such as Scratch Programming and Online Safety.

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 digital copy of a GCSE textbook for Computer Science
  • 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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