SKE English

The Sussex Online English SKE courses allow you to develop your knowledge of curriculum content and reflect on approaches to teaching English Language and Literature in UK secondary schools.

Study an English SKE at Sussex

The Sussex Online English SKE is mainly undertaken through self-study with plenty of reading and online course materials. There is also an optional summer school with seminars hosted at the University of Sussex in July.

The course is delivered by subject experts and experienced practitioners who ensure that your English Language and Literature learning is always related to teaching in schools. You will learn different approaches to reading, writing, speaking and listening. You’ll also deepen your understanding of critical theory and improve your English knowledge with like-minded people.

As part of previous summer schools we have run a 3-day residential trip and we hope to do so again in 2022.

Typical course structure

The Sussex Online English 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 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (a compulsory Unit for all students)
  • KS3 and KS4 Poetry
  • GCSE Poetry and Prose
  • KS3, KS4 , KS5 Shakespeare 
  • KS4 Prose and Drama
  • KS3/4 English Language 
  • KS3 Class Readers and Wide Reading
  • A-level Language and Literature

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 full subscription to the excellent Massolit English Literature course, a huge bank of online lectures from world class academics
  • 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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