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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 36 weeks
Code TEAH0025A, TEAH
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level Professional Award/Certificate/Diploma
Start Date 13/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses are for graduates intending to teach:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology (Food and Textiles)
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish

Their purpose is to enhance subject knowledge and understanding before an Initial Teacher Training Course.

The courses are aimed at graduates who wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but do not meet PGCE entry requirements due to insufficient subject knowledge and career changers who would like to improve their subject knowledge prior to the PGCE. Design Technology (Food and Textiles) will deliver and develop skills and knowledge in Food (75%) and Textiles (25%).

Find out more about the Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics courses.

What you'll study

For Chemistry and Physics students there is an option to complete an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course followed by a two week Summer School in June to enhance practical laboratory skills.

There is some flexibility in start and end dates according to individual needs.

SKE courses are suitable for both core and school direct trainees.

SKE courses are suitable for both core and Schools Direct trainees.

The courses are modular. Modules will be delivered using blended learning with online and face to face components.

Each module will have an assessment which could be an examination, laboratory report, presentation, question paper, poster or essay/project.

Each participant completes an individual development portfolio which will act both as a tool for monitoring and tracking their progress and to provide evidence at the end of the course for them to take to the ITT Institution in which they intend to complete their training.

  • For Chemistry and Physics students there is an option to complete an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course followed by a two week Summer School in June to enhance practical laboratory skills.

    There is some flexibility in start and end dates according to individual needs.

    SKE courses are suitable for both core and school direct trainees.

  • SKE courses are suitable for both core and Schools Direct trainees.

  • The courses are modular. Modules will be delivered using blended learning with online and face to face components.

    Each module will have an assessment which could be an examination, laboratory report, presentation, question paper, poster or essay/project.

  • Each participant completes an individual development portfolio which will act both as a tool for monitoring and tracking their progress and to provide evidence at the end of the course for them to take to the ITT Institution in which they intend to complete their training.

Assessment

Each participant completes an individual development portfolio which will act both as a tool for monitoring and tracking their progress and to provide evidence at the end of the course for them to take to the ITT Institution in which they intend to complete their training.

Entry requirements

You must have been offered a place on a relevant Initial Teacher Education route conditional on first taking and satisfactorily completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Work experience

Work placements will be within a secondary school.

Next steps

If you are interested in SKE courses as a route towards Initial Teacher Education you need to apply through UCAS Teacher Training for the Initial Teacher Education course of your choice, mentioning your willingness to undertake a relevant enhancement course in the personal statement.

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Tuition fees

All SKEs are fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) so there are no tutorial fees to pay.

For UK students and eligible EU students a small bursary is payable fixed with a 90% attendance requirement.

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