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Bradford College

Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

Qualification Gained
Professional/Award/Certificate Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
36 weeks Full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Lister Building


The courses are aimed at graduates who wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but do not meet PGCE or apprenticeship entry requirements due to insufficient subject knowledge and career changers who would like to improve their subject knowledge prior to the PGCE.

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

  Key Info

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses are for graduates intending to teach:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish

SKE courses are suitable for core and school direct trainees, apprenticeship and PGCE trainees.

You will be directed by your provider to register for an appropriate course of 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 or 28 weeks duration after interview and complete a number of modules that cover the relevant national Curriculum content at GCSE and or A level.

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

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

Teaching and Learning methods include:

Learning takes place through the use of videos with worked examples, presentations and workbooks that contain practice exercises related to each module.

Before each module you will complete two audits that assess your subject knowledge and confidence in delivery. This will allow you to target areas of development as you work.

All courses are modular. Modules will be delivered online where you can learn at your own pace, at a time that suits you. Our courses use online technology to bring you videos and a range of resources to support your learning journey. You are also supported by a team of subject specialist tutors and technical help is available 24/7.

To find out specific information about the modules covered, click here.

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.

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.

Successful completion of this course will award you with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing you to progress to further study or employment in Education and Teaching.

All SKE programmes are funded by the Department for Education (DFE) and managed by National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) which is part of the Department for Education, 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. The bursary for 2020/21 was £175 per week of your course. This is due to be reviewed in the October spending review. For information contact [email protected]

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.