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EDUC6470 Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims to equip students with the subject knowledge needed to become a successful classroom teacher. It will focus on ensuring that students have sufficient subject knowledge to be able to meet Teacher Standard 3 as part of their programme leading to the award of QTS.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The necessary subject-specific knowledge in order to be able to progress on to an appropriate programme leading to the award of QTS and be in a position to meet Teachers’ Standard 3 by the end of that programme.
  • Access resources such as professional literature, textbooks, online resources, assessment specifications, CPD courses, and professional colleagues, so that they are able to continue to develop their own subject-specific knowledge, understanding, and skills as an early-career teacher
  • Work independently, demonstrating initiative and self-management.
  • Use ICT competently, including e-mail, the Internet, MS Office applications, and other software relevant to their subject specialism, including being able to judge where the use of ICT is not appropriate
  • Organise work and assignment requirements appropriately


The Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course focusses on developing subject knowledge in the chosen curriculum area. Students improve their knowledge and understanding within their subject specialism, at a level appropriate for meeting Teachers’ Standard 3 on the PGCE or other programme leading to the award of QTS, which follows the SKE. The detailed syllabus content is tailored to the needs of the students on the course but, following best practice, will start with the deep and fundamental foundations of the subject that must be mastered in order to be able to teach the subject effectively. A range of topics will be built upon these foundations drawing from Key Stage 3, GCSE, A-Level and the beginnings of degree-level study according to the requirements of the subject specialism. Subject-specific skills, such as practical work or programming, will be a significant part of the course where this is relevant to the subject specialism. Skills associated with clear, oral explanations, and other presentation skills will be developed. Skills related to any subject-specific elements of assessment in schools and colleges will be introduced and honed.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching sessions are based on best-practice to maximise learning and to reflect the nature of teaching and learning in schools and colleges. There will be a variety of approaches including direct instruction, carefully scaffolded inquiry-based learning, seminar sessions, independent and self-directed study, and flipped learning where appropriate. This is delivered through a blended learning approach consisting of taught sessions in the University and a variety of independent study tasks, which may include online learning, guided by a tutor. Students spend between 1 and 3 days per week in University. Taught sessions are usually full days. Continuous formative assessment and feedback is a major feature of the module, facilitated by working in small groups. There will be individual tutorials to evaluate progress and set targets. There may also be school or college placements as part of this module, where students will spend time in classrooms observing and participating in the teaching of their subject-specialism. These are normally arranged within the UoS Education School partnership to ensure quality of experience and to tie in with PGCE placements and the wider collaborative work of the Education School in our community.

Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Some subject-specialisms require access to relevant software. Some subject-specialisms require access to suitably equipped laboratory space, equipment and consumables, provided by the university.. 

Resources as needed to improve subject knowledge in preparation for teaching, such as GCSE and A level textbooks and revision guides and examination papers etc.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Students may wish to purchase materials for learning and teaching elements of the course, but all required materials will be available free of charge either via the University or via the school that they are placed in.

Travel Costs for placements

Students are expected to bear the cost of travel to and from their placement where a placement is included as part of their programme.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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