Mathematics SKE

Our online Mathematics SKE course is designed to develop mathematical concepts at a deeper level, and to see beyond the ‘rules’ and conventions we have become comfortable with, giving a different perspective on the learning of Mathematics.

Applications closed

Applications for 2023/24 are now closed and will re-open in October for 2024/25.

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Study a Mathematics SKE course at Sussex

Taught by experienced practitioners demonstrating techniques and sharing resources that can be used in the classroom, you will leave the course feeling well prepared for starting your teacher traiining.

You will learn key concepts, deepen your understanding of the subject and improve your maths skills alongside like-minded people.

You will be assessed through a number of different methods, including a subject knowledge audit and an individual portfolio of your own subject knowledge development.

Course structure

The Sussex online Mathematics SKE is available as an eight,12,16, 20, 24 or 28-week course.

Once you have enrolled, you will be able to select from the following four-week units:

  • Core Unit 1 (KS3/4 level)
  • Core Unit 2 (KS3/4 level)
  • Numbers and Algebra (KS4/5 level)
  • Geometry and Measure (KS4/5 level)
  • Graphs (KS4/5 level)
  • Statistics and Mechanics (KS4/5 level)
  • Preparing to Teach (KS4/5 level)

Application deadlines

Our SKE courses have different deadlines depending on the length of the course you’re applying to.

See our application page for more information.

Eligibility and funding

SKE courses are funded by the Department for Education (DfE) if you have been offered a place on a PGCE course with enrolment on an SKE course as a condition of acceptance.

Find out more about SKE eligibility and funding.

Self-funded SKEs

We also offer a self-funded SKE route for:

  • teacher trainees who are not eligible for DfE funding
  • qualified teachers who want to teach a new subject, or refresh their subject knowledge before returning to teaching after a break
  • anyone considering teaching as a new career who wants to increase their subject knowledge before applying for teacher training.

Rather than four-week units, self-funded SKEs are based on blocks of 100 hours of study.  You can choose which units you want to study and add additional units as you progress. 

The cost is £800 for one 100 hour unit, and £500 for each additional unit. Fees can be paid by you or, if relevant, by your school/institution (schools within the Sussex Partnership or PGCE Pedagogy and Practice Partnership can apply for partnership rates).

If you have any questions about self-funding your SKE, email


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

  • enrolment on the excellent How to Learn Maths for Tutors, an online Stanford course delivered by the inspirational Jo Boaler
  • a fully paid subscription to ExamPro, a database of past KS3, GCSE and A-level exam questions
  • access to thousands of relevant 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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