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Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement - Science (SKE)

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1 year
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Next course starts
June 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 science at secondary school and sixth form level.  

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

This science SKE course is tailored 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 courses are for graduates who want to develop a greater depth of subject understanding before training for qualified teacher status. This intensive science SKE course will help develop the skills and subject knowledge you’ll need to become a science teacher to the 11 to 18 age range.  

This subject knowledge enhancement science course will help you develop your knowledge in biology and chemistry and also covers SKE physics, to help you towards QTS. Once you pass you’ll be able to apply for our PGCE Secondary Sciences or PGCE Physics and Mathematics courses beginning the following September. 

To be ready for the challenges of teacher training and the classroom, you need excellent subject knowledge and understanding. This course ideal if you studied a science-related degree not in biology, chemistry or physics and want to prepare for an initial teacher training (ITT) programme in science for ages 11 to 18. It is also useful if you want to improve your knowledge in the physical sciences.  

In SKE science you’ll learn through a combination of face-to-face teaching in our labs and distance (online) learning tailored to your needs. You’ll be taught by highly experienced tutors, who specialise in secondary and sixth form science 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 Matt Perks, a Senior Teaching Fellow at Southampton Education School and  lead tutor for this programme. Learn more by visiting Matt’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.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

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