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Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement - Mathematics (SKE)

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May 2021

About this course

Funding for subject knowledge enhancement courses in the 2021 to 2022 academic year is under review by the government. This means the course content described on this page may not reflect what we are able to offer.

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Prepare for a career teaching maths at secondary school and sixth form level.  

This subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course is ideal if you want to teach maths but did not complete a degree that included the subject, if you’re looking for a maths conversion course for teachers or a refresher in the curriculum for students aged 11 to 18. 

This SKE maths course is personalised to your education needs and will get you ready to apply for your initial teacher training (ITT), working towards qualified teacher status (QTS).  

Our subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are for graduates who want to develop a greater depth of subject understanding before training for qualified teacher status. This intensive maths subject enhancement course will give you the necessary skills and subject knowledge to teach across the 11 to 18 age range.  

After you pass, you’ll gain entry to our PGCE in Mathematics course beginning the following September to continue your training to be a maths teacher. 

To be ready for the challenges of teacher training and the classroom, you need excellent subject knowledge and understanding. This subject knowledge enhancement course is ideal if your degree subject did not include the study of maths and you want to teach it. It is also a solid refresher on the age 11 to 18 maths curriculum to complete before your initial teacher training (ITT). 

You’ll learn through a combination of face-to-face teaching, distance (online) learning and in-classroom practical exposure. You’ll be taught by highly experienced tutors, who specialise in secondary and sixth form mathematic education. 

The Government funds this course for most eligible students, so you do not have to pay any fees. This bursary (funded by the Department for Education) can help towards your study. When you complete this course, you’ll be expected to go directly into an ITT course to work towards your QTS.  

Course lead

The course lead is Lucy Hoyes. Lucy is a Senior Teaching Fellow within Southampton Education School. Lucy is an experienced maths teacher at secondary and post-16 and has also been Head of Mathematics. Lucy is passionate about mentoring and coaching teachers early in their career. Learn more by visiting Lucy’s staff profile

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Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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