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Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Mathematics (SKE)

Course Description

The SKE is a full time course designed for people who are about to start a secondary maths teacher training programme. It is fully funded and trainees receive a tax free bursary of £200 per week*. It is led by experienced, knowledgeable practitioners with school teaching experience, at a university renowned for being a friendly and professional learning community.

If you want to train as a secondary maths teacher, but your degree contains less than 50% mathematics, then you are likely to be eligible for the course. Typically a SKE student may have an A level in mathematics, and have studied a degree with some mathematical content, but an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject is more important.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-mathematics-ske

Course detail

The taught modules will cover all of the subject material that you are likely to teach up to GCSE, as well as areas from A level and beyond.

However, the aim of the course is to give you a much greater depth of understanding of the subject, being able to explain why as well as how techniques work, and an understanding of applications and the historical and cultural context of the subject.

The course is fully funded and there are no fees to pay. You will also receive a bursary, a total of £4,000 for the full course and £2,400 for the shorter version.

You cannot apply directly for the SKE course. Instead, you should apply through UCAS for a secondary maths teacher training course such as a traditional university based PGCE course or a School Direct course, indicating in your personal statement that you are interested in completing the SKE.

At interview an assessment is made of your subject knowledge. If appropriate, a conditional offer is made through UCAS where the condition is that you complete the SKE.

A place will automatically be reserved for you, and no further application is necessary.


The course is full time, with taught face-to-face sessions taking place on Mondays to Thursdays and directed study tasks on Fridays.

The full course consists of 20 weeks of study beginning at the end of January, but there is an option to join the course for the last 13 weeks for students who already have stronger understanding of topics up to GCSE level.

The course dates are:

20 weeks from 23rd January 2017 until 29th June 2017

12 weeks from 27th March 2017 until 29th June 2017

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

How to apply: https://dotmailer-surveys.com/f31ueg1e-c011re4a

Visit the Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Mathematics (SKE) page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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