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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are designed to help potential Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students gain the depth of knowledge required to teach their chosen subject.

Taught in subject-specific groups, the SKE programme is mainly delivered through

  • sessions taking place at Sheffield Hallam
  • pre-PGCE distance learning
  • a two-week summer school
  • subject knowledge sessions during the PGCE

You will be supported by subject experts from across the Sheffield Hallam University Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnership — including university-based tutors and leading school-based practitioners.

Our French SKE courses are taught face to face with a study visit in France and supported by some distance learning units. Our SKE courses will give you the expertise and confidence to become an outstanding teacher in your subject. If you are interested in one of our SKE courses and are eligible for funding (see below), please contact the relevant course leader. We accept applicants from all ITT providers.

Available Courses

How to apply

Applicants to Sheffield Hallam University PGCE courses do not need to complete the below application form and should discuss the SKE at interview. Applicants from other institutions should fill in and return your completed application form (PDF) by emailing it to or by posting it to:
Direct Admissions, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB UK

We have places on the following secondary SKE courses for 2019/20

  • Computing (8 units)
  • Design and technology (8 units)
  • English literature and language (8 units)
  • French (12 and 20 units)
  • Mathematics (8 units)
  • Sciences (8 and 28 units): Biology, Chemistry, Physics


Sheffield Hallam University SKE

Proposed start date


Design and technology

8 units (200hr)

Mon 29 June 2020

Summer school: w/c 29 June and 6 July 2020


English literature and language

8 units (200hr)

Mon 29 June 2020

Summer school: w/c 29 June and 6 July 2020



8 units (200hr)

Taught parallel to PGCE

Fri 28 Aug 2020



Biology, Chemistry, Physics

28 units (700hr)

Taught face-to-face over 26 weeks

October 2019 - June 2020



Biology, Chemistry, Physics

8 units (200hr)

Summer school: w/c August 10 & 17 2020



12 units (300hr)

Taught mainly face to face with some distance learning

22 June - August 21 2020

Distance learning 8 - 19 June 2020

Study visit July 2020 (tbc)



20 units (500hr)

Taught mainly face to face with some distance learning

8 June - 21 August 2020

Distance learning 25 May - 5 June 2020; 24 - 28 August 2020

Beginners: May 25 2020 - 21 August 2020

Beginners distance learning: 11 May - 23 May 2020; 24 - 28 August 2020

Study visit July 2020 (tbc)



8 units (200 hr) - online course

Multiple start dates:

1 January, 1 March, 1 April, 1 May, 1 June, 1 July 2020


*Bursaries are subject to DfE eligibility requirements. Amounts shown reflect current 2019/20 levels which are correct up to 31 March 2020. We are awaiting confirmation of bursaries beyond this date from DfE.

Course details

For more detailed information please click on the links in the course table where applicable.

8 unit courses

Our 8 unit courses will be running from Monday 29 June 2020, with the exception of Maths (from 28 August) and Computing, which is an online course. For eligible candidates, there are no fees to pay and you will receive a bursary for study undertaken prior to the PGCE of £1,200* (8 unit SKE).

Computing Courses 2020

Our 8 unit course is online with multiple start dates from 1 January 2020: 1/1, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7. Applicants benefit from a designated tutor. NB: Bursary payments are equally distributed throughout the period of study, depending on the start date.


SKE funding is currently available for the following subjects offered at Sheffield Hallam University (with a 2:2 minimum degree classification): Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Languages (French), Mathematics, Physics.

To be eligible for a funded SKE and to receive a bursary you need to meet the degree classification requirements as detailed above, and have a conditional offer for a PGCE course (all core and school direct routes are eligible). Your offer will be conditional on completion of a SKE course. If you are applying for an ITT course at Sheffield Hallam University then we will discuss SKE options during interview.

If you have a conditional offer from any ITT provider and meet the eligibility criteria, then you are able to access our SKE programme and also receive the relevant bursary. If you do not have a conditional offer, but are looking for a SKE to boost your subject knowledge before applying for a PGCE, please contact us for current course fees.

Further Information

For more information or to register your interest in this programme, please click on the links in the course table to locate the relevant subject specialist. Alternatively email or call 0114 225 5555 and ask for admissions.

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