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English SKE Course

English SKE Course

What is the English SKE Course?

The English Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is designed to develop subject knowledge for secondary trainees in English.

Over 200 hours in total, you'll spend

  • 150 hours on self-directed study
  • 2 weeks in Sheffield at a summer school, starting on 29 June 2020
  • A further 50 hours of taught, directed and self-directed study during the PGCE training year 

Will I have to pay?

No. You will receive a bursary of £200 a week for the equivalent of the 6 weeks study prior to the PGCE. You will not be eligible for an SKE bursary during the PGCE if you are in receipt of a subject bursary.

What is the summer school?

  • A compulsory, two-week intensive summer school with face-to-face subject knowledge training
  • Dates: w/c 29 June and 6 July 2020*
  • Daily sessions between 9am and 5pm
  • All fees will be arranged and paid on your behalf

What is the aim of the course?

  • The course is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
  • The aim is to widen the pool of potential english teachers. It enhances your subject knowledge so you can meet the standards for QTS.

How can I apply?

  • You can apply via UCAS. It is helpful to indicate interest in this course in your personal statement.
  • A SKE may be recommended as a condition for entry to the PGCE. If this is the case, your UCAS application form will be forwarded to the relevant SKE Course Leader.
  • There are 30 spaces available on this course.

What happens next?

  • It will take a few working days to process your application at Sheffield Hallam.
  • If you are successful, confirmation and further details about the SKE will be sent to you.

Who should I contact for further information?

Martin Illingworth:, +44 (0)114 225 3048 

*all dates are provisional

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You may also be interested in our PGCE Secondary English with Qualified Teacher Status course.

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