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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

At Sheffield Hallam University, our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are designed to help potential Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees gain the depth of knowledge required to teach their chosen subject.

A school or provider usually identifies the need for SKE during the recruitment and selection process. This is usually when applicants may need more specific subject knowledge to begin an ITT course, perhaps if they have:

  • studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the basic skills needed to teach at secondary level
  • studied for a degree that’s related to the subject rather than an exact match for it
  • recently graduated and studied for a degree not related to the subject but have a related A level
  • changed career and may have an unrelated degree with substantial related knowledge including an A level
    studied for a languages degree, but need a second language at an acceptable level for teaching in schools

Taught in subject-specific groups, here at Sheffield Hallam, SKE courses are delivered differently depending on the subject, as indicated in the table below. You will be supported by subject experts from across the SHU ITE partnership, including university-based tutors and leading school-based practitioners. Our SKE courses will give you the expertise and confidence to become an outstanding teacher in your subject.

  

Available Courses

We have places on the following SKE courses for 2021:

Secondary

  • Design & technology (8 units)
  • Mathematics (8 units)
  • Computing (8 units)
  • Languages: French (12 and 20 units)

Sheffield Hallam SKE 2021/22

Start date proposed

Maximum Bursary*

FAQ

Design and technology
8-unit
200 hour

28 June

Summer school: 28 June and 5 July 2021

£1,400

D&T FAQ

Computing
8-unit
200 hour

31 May and 28 June

£1,400

Computing FAQ

Maths
8-unit
200 hour
Taught parallel to PGCE

End of August 2021, start with PGCE

N/A

Maths FAQ

ML French 12-unit
300 hour

21 June 2021 – August 6: Taught Booster course
9 August 2021: Distance learning

£1,575

French Booster FAQ (PDF, 176KB)

ML French 20-unit
500 hour

17 May 2021 – 6 August 2021
24 May: taught ab initio start date
7 June 2021: taught French SKE
9 August 2021: Distance learning

£2,800- £3,150

French FAQ (PDF, 176KB)

*Bursary shown reflects current maximum 2021 levels, which are correct up to 31 March 2021. Bursaries are dependent on DfE eligibility.


Funding

SKE funding is currently available for the following subjects offered at Sheffield Hallam University

Secondary Subject

Minimum degree classification

Design & Technology

2:2 Applicants with Product Design degrees may not eligible.

Languages (French)

2:2 NB. Applicants with a recent degree in French (in last 5 years) are not eligible

Mathematics

2:2

Computing

2:2

To be eligible for a funded SKE and 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 direct school routes are eligible). Your offer will be conditional on the completion of a SKE course. If you are applying for an ITT course at Sheffield Hallam University, we will discuss SKE options during the interview.

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

8-unit courses

Our D&T 8-unit course will begin with a full-time two-week summer school w/c 28 June and 5 July 2021; Work then continues remotely with self-study over the summer, and additional units take place concurrently with the PGCE programme. There are no fees to pay for eligible candidates, and you will receive a bursary for the study of £1,400* (8-unit D&T SKE).

Maths will run from the end of September parallel to the PGCE (table above)

Computing will run two courses starting 31st May and 28th June for 6 weeks (table above) There are no fees to pay for eligible candidates, and you will receive a bursary for the study of £1,400* (8-unit Computing SKE).

12-unit French Booster language course 2021

Our 12-unit French Booster language course is a face-to-face course, 9 units during the summer, 2 units during the training year and another distance-learning unit. It is for those with existing post-GCSE/rusty advanced level French who need to improve their French further.  The face-to-face summer course runs from late June until mid-August 2021. There are no fees to pay for eligible candidates, and you will receive a maximum bursary of £1,575* for the 9 face-to-face units of study before your ITE course. 

NB. Applicants with a recent degree in French (in the last 5 years) are not eligible.

20-unit French language course 2021

Our 20-unit French language course is a face-to-face course, 16-18 units during the summer and 4 units during the training year – on zoom during the pandemic.  The face-to-face summer course runs from late May until mid-August, with a 2-week course for beginners in mid-May 2021.  Non-beginners complete distance pre-course language units instead of these 2 weeks. There are no fees to pay for eligible candidates, and you will receive a maximum bursary of £2,800- £3,150* for the 16-18 units of study prior to your ITE course.  The actual number of units and, therefore, bursary depends on your ITE start date. 

NB. Applicants with a recent degree in French (in last 5 years) are not eligible.

Further Information

For more information or to register your interest in this programme, please click on the links to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheets in the course table above to locate the relevant subject specialist. Alternatively email admissions@shu.ac.uk or call 0114225 5555 and ask for admissions.


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