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Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

Course Description

If you want to train as a Secondary subject teacher and do not have the necessary qualifications to enter an Initial Teacher-Training programme such as a PGCE or School Direct Training Programme, we provide subject knowledge enhancement courses to improve your subject expertise prior to your training.


We run short enhancement courses over the summer in the following subjects:
* Chemistry
* Computer Science
* Design and Technology
* Mathematics
* Physics

The courses are intended to support graduates as they develop their breadth and depth of the given subject before they begin an ITT course which would lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is designed to support communication skills and the development of the subject knowledge required for teaching the subject in secondary schools.


School Direct, PGCE and SCITT trainees are eligible for funding to undertake our courses and may be entitled to a tax-free bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership of £200 per week for the duration of the course (subject to confirmation by NCTL).

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the University by either the student, or the teacher training course provider.

Provider referral
If a school or ITT provider decides that you would be suitable for secondary mathematics teaching, but that you need to develop your subject knowledge, they can offer you a place on their School Direct or PGCE course. However, this offer is made on condition that you successfully complete the SKE course prior to starting the ITT course. There are then two possibilities:
1. Your school or ITT provider contacts us and, provided there are vacancies, refers you to this course, or
2. You contact us directly. In this case we will confirm with your school or provider that they have offered, and you have accepted, an ITT place.

Visit the Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Confirmation (by your school or course provider) that you have been accepted onto an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course, such as PGCE or School Direct.

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