University of Brighton Subject Knowledge Enhancement

By | 2nd May 2017

University of Brighton Subject Knowledge Enhancement

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:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Course in detail

Biology

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.

Chemistry

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.

Please email Ben Garnett for further information on Biology SKE: B.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk.

Find out about the Secondary Chemistry PGCE at the University of Brighton.

Mathematics

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.

Physics

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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 Garnett
University of Brighton
Checkland Building D510
Village Way
Falmer
Brighton
BN1 9PH

Please include the following information with your application:

  • confirmation that you have been offered a place on an ITT (Initial Teacher Training) course with another provider, due to start next September, which is conditional on completion of an SKE course. Please enclose a copy of the offer letter if you have one.
  • the title of the ITT course you will be starting in September.
  • the name of the Institution where you will be undertaking your ITT course along with the Programme Leader’s name and contact details, including an email address.

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.

Find out more

Ben Garnett
B.Garnett@brighton.ac.uk
01273 643444

Further information about SKEs can also be found on the Department for Education website.