Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are for graduates who want to train as secondary school teachers, but who must first develop their subject knowledge further.
It may be that your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject area, or perhaps you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching. Your PGCE or School Direct provider may refer you for SKE.
After successful completion of the course, you are expected to go straight into initial teacher training that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). This can be at the University of Brighton or another institution.
We offer SKEs in the following subjects:
Location Brighton: Falmer
Duration 8-24 weeks
These courses are designed for those going into initial teacher training but who do not have the necessary subject knowledge. Please check your course of interest for full entry requirements.
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Our Biology SKE will prepare you for starting a secondary biology initial teacher training programme.
We offer a range of courses with a duration of 8, 16 or 24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Course dates are flexible and commence between November and June each year.
The majority of the Biology SKE course is delivered through online learning, with one week of tuition at the Falmer campus in the summer.
Please email Ben Garnett for further information on Biology SKE: B.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk.
Find out about Secondary Biology PGCE at the University of Brighton.
Our Chemistry SKE will prepare you for starting a secondary chemistry initial teacher training programme.
We offer a range of courses with a duration of 8, 12 or 24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Course dates are flexible and commence between November and June each year.
The majority of the Chemistry SKE course is delivered through online learning, with one week of tuition at the Falmer campus in the summer.
Find out about the Secondary Chemistry PGCE at the University of Brighton.
We offer a range of Mathematics SKE courses that will suit various applicants, including those with a keen enthusiasm for mathematics but who may not have high-level mathematics qualifications. Each course will prepare you for starting a mathematics initial teacher training programme.
Courses run for 8 or 20 weeks with start dates in February, and June each year. The length of your course will be determined by your own needs.
Please email Ben Garnett for further information on Mathematics SKE: B.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk.
Find out about Secondary Mathematics PGCE at the University of Brighton.
Our Physics SKE will prepare you for starting a secondary physics initial teacher training programme.
We offer a range of courses with a duration of 8, 12 or 24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Course dates are flexible and start between November and June each year.
The majority of the Physics SKE course is delivered through online learning, with one week of tuition at the Falmer campus in the summer.
Please email Ben Garnett for further information on Physics SKE: B.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk.
Find out about Secondary Physics PGCE at the University of Brighton.
How to apply
For applicants looking to complete an SKE and ITT course with the University of Brighton
If you are applying for an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course with the University of Brighton, there is no separate application process for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE). You can use the personal statement section of your UCAS Teacher Training application to highlight that you are interested in SKE.
If you are invited to interview for the ITT course, the SKE will be discussed at that time. For any offers made where the admissions tutor has identified a need for SKE, successful completion of the SKE will be one of the conditions of embarking upon the ITT course.
Please check your ITT course of interest for full entry requirements. If you want to seek advice on whether your current degree makes you a suitable candidate for subject development via an SKE course, please contact Ben Garnett with details of your qualifications: B.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk.
For applicants looking to complete an SKE with the University of Brighton prior to an ITT course with another institution
If you are holding an offer for an ITT course with another institution and this offer is conditional upon first completing an SKE, then it is possible to make a direct application to the University of Brighton for the SKE course. Please print the form, complete your details and send to:
Ben GarnettUniversity of BrightonCheckland Building D510Village WayFalmerBrightonBN1 9PH
Please include the following information with your application:
Please note that you will not need to provide separate references with this application and will therefore not need to complete section 10 (referees' names and addresses). To save time in completing the form you may also prefer to print and attach the personal statement you wrote for your UCAS Teacher Training application rather than writing a new one.
Our SKE courses are designed for those going into initial teacher training but who do not have the necessary subject knowledge. There is a national shortage of teachers in all of the subject areas our SKEs cover, and therefore employment prospects once you have qualified are extremely good.
There are no fees to pay for an SKE course. The courses currently attract a bursary of £115 for each week of training.
Teacher training courses in these subjects areas offer bursaries of up to £30,000.
Brighton has been called the happiest place in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. With five miles of pebble beach, more than 300 pubs and a packed festival calendar, Brighton is the ideal place to spend your student years.
Arts and culture: The Royal Pavilion is the most famous landmark in Brighton, opening its doors to around 400,000 tourists every year. Right next door is the Brighton Dome, the south coast’s premier multi-arts venue, and the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, which holds a diverse collection of decorative arts, textiles and archaeological artefacts.
Festivals: The Brighton Festival is now the largest arts festival in England and a major milestone in the international cultural calendar. Meanwhile, The Great Escape has been established as the UK’s leading event for new music, with over 300 bands playing 30 venues across the city over three days.
Nightlife: Aside from the many nightclubs that line the city’s seafront, student favourites include The Haunt, Concorde 2 and Patterns, which attract leading bands and DJs from around the world. If you don’t feel like dancing, you can take your pick from the many hundreds of pubs and bars that dot the city centre.
Shopping: The quirky North Laine district houses Brighton’s finest collection of boutique shops and independent cafes, while the narrow, winding streets of the South Lanes house collections of jewellery and antiques. Churchill Square is the city’s main shopping centre and serves all of your high street needs.
Sports: Brighton’s seaside location offers the perfect opportunity to try paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. Further into the city, The Level has a skate park for skateboarders and BMX riders to practise their skills.
Campus where this course is taught
Surrounded by the South Downs National Park and just five miles from the centre of Brighton, our Falmer campus has benefited from over £60million of investment over the past 10 years. 7,000 students are based here, studying subjects including English, education, social science, nursing and medicine.
Recent developments include the Falmer Sports Centre – with its fitness suites and sports hall – and the innovative Checkland Building, which has natural ventilation systems and an insulating green roof.
Falmer has also recently installed more than 600 solar panels, which reduce the campus’s carbon emissions by more than 80 tonnes. The renovation has made us one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.
Our Brighton halls of residence are located across the city in Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb, Varley Park and Falmer.
Our Grand Parade campus is in central Brighton and has one hall of residence, Phoenix Brewery, within walking distance. We have around 300 rooms available in Phoenix Brewery, which are all ensuite and self-catered.
Moulsecoomb is two miles from the city centre and also has one hall of residence, Moulsecoomb Place, on campus. All accommodation in Moulsecoomb Place is catered, offering breakfast and an evening meal during term time. There are more than 150 rooms available here, with six to eight rooms per flat.
Varley Park offers the biggest choice of student accommodation with ten halls of residence. The site is four miles from Brighton centre but within walking distance of Falmer train station.
Falmer campus has two halls of residence: Great Wilkins and Paddock Field. Great Wilkins offers 150+ self-catered single rooms and one-bed couples flats, while Paddock Field offers 450+ catered and self-catered single rooms only. All rooms in Falmer are en-suite.
Aside from halls, you have the option of Unihomes, which we let out to our students on behalf of private landlords. The rent covers all utilities and includes £5,000 of contents insurance for your personal belongings.
You can also choose to join the many students who live away from campus in private rented accommodation. We have a list of high-quality, university-endorsed private sector accommodation and can help you find housemates to move in with.
Find out more on our Brighton accommodation webpages and if you have any questions, our accommodation team will be happy to help. You can contact them by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01273 644100.
Ben GarnettB.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk01273 643444
Further information about SKEs can also be found on the Department for Education website.