Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses

These courses are free and usually run for up to 36 weeks. You’ll receive a bursary from the Department for Education for the duration of the course.

SKE courses are for candidates who have some physics background (generally a physics A-level or work experience) and are designed to get you to a sufficient level of knowledge and confidence in your physics that you can begin Initial Teacher Education. They are ideal for career changers or for those transferring into physics teaching from a different degree background, such as engineering.

The courses include lectures, practical work, tutorials and self-study and cover the topics you would be teaching at secondary level. They are offered on a full-time or part-time basis and can be delivered face to face or online.

SKE courses last for a minimum of eight weeks and can run for up to 36 weeks.

If you think you will need to go on a SKE course you should first apply for an ITE course.

If your chosen ITE provider considers that you have the attributes to make a good teacher, they may offer you a conditional place and refer you to do a SKE course first.

This could take place at the same institution or a neighbouring one. If you recognise that you need to attend an SKE course, ensure you flag this in your ITE application.

For more information and for a directory of SKE courses visit the Department for Education’s get into teaching website.



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