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Mathematics SKE Course

What is the Mathematics SKE Course?

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

Over 200 hours in total, you'll spend

  • 50 hours directed baseline study prior to starting the PGCE
  • 50 hours in face-to-face taught sessions at the university as twilights during the PGCE year
  • 50 hours on directed, independent study tasks
  • The remainder of the hours are spent on guided study relating to your teaching, with tutor support. This will take place prior to and during the PGCE year

Will I have to pay?

No. This is a completely free course specially designed to complement the Mathematics PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University.

What is the status of the course?

  • The course is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
  • The aim is to increase the pool of eligible trainees for Mathematics teacher training by enhancing their subject knowledge so that they can meet the standards for QTS.
  • There are 20 places available on the course.

How can I apply?

  • You apply for teacher training via UCAS in the usual way. It is helpful to indicate interest in this course in the 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.

What happens next?

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

Who should I contact for further information?

  • For information about the PGCE and enrolment on the SKE, contact Sue Slater:
  • For information on the content and teaching of the SKE, please contact Richard Miles:

Download printable FAQs for this course here.

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