Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If you are considering a career in teaching, but you feel that you may need to refresh or develop your subject expertise, it may be necessary for you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme (SKE).

We can help you decide whether it’s necessary during your interview. Here are a few examples of when you might need one:

You have a different but related degree to the subject you want to teach

  • You gained an A level but not a degree in the subject
  • You have an unrelated degree but relevant professional experience
  • You have a languages degree but need to improve your knowledge of a language you’ll teach
  • You haven’t used your subject knowledge for a while

Courses are funded* by the Department for Education (DfE) in the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

*If you’ve gained your degree in the subject you want to teach within the last 5 years, you won’t be eligible for a funded SKE course.

Depending on the type of SKE you need to complete, they can vary from an 8-week refresher or booster programme, through to a 28 week programme undertaken on a full or part-time basis.

If you do need to complete a SKE, you have to have done it before you can be awarded qualified teacher status.

You can find out whether there’s a subject knowledge enhancement course for your subject here.

SKE programmes are available either online or classroom-based depending on your circumstances. We recommend VIDLEARN as an online option. Please see their website for more details: