Science SKE

This flexible course is ideal for non-specialist teachers looking to teach KS3 Science and address gaps in your knowledge.

Applications closed

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

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Study a Science SKE at Sussex

Our Science SKE will enable you to:

  • accurately assess your own subject knowledge strengths and weaknesses
  • become familiar with the Sciences curriculum
  • use appropriate resources to address gaps in your subject knowledge
  • use your subject knowledge to plan engaging lessons and inspire further study of STEM subjects
  • plan the delivery of curriculum content so that foundational concepts and skills are mastered, before moving on to more complex content
  • anticipate misconceptions within a topic
  • identify specific disciplinary knowledge related to a particular topic, including subject-specific literacy and numeracy skills.

This SKE is for self-funded applicants only.

You will be able to choose from the following units:

  • Unit 1: KS3 Science
  • Unit 2: KS3/4 Practical Science.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of a subject knowledge audit, portfolio of evidence, an exam questions task and a consolidation task.

Self-funded SKEs

Our self-funded SKEs are 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:

    • a physical copy of a GCSE and/or A-level textbook, as well as a revision guide. 
    • a full subscription to SnapRevise materials, an interactive course of videos and short assessments (relating to all three science subjects for GCSE, plus A-level materials for Chemistry)
    • 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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