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What makes Subject Knowledge Enhancement at Worcester so special?

The Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are pre-Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses. They will enable you to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach in your chosen subject.

We offer eight week (200 hours) courses in: Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Design & Technology (Food); English; Geography; Mathematics; Modern Languages (French); and  Physics. We also offer twelve week courses (300 hours) in Biology, Chemistry or Physics and a sixteen week course (400 hours) in Biology.

Bursaries are available to eligible applicants. Subject to confirmation from the DfE. 

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Learn essential subject knowledge needed to teach KS3, GCSE and A Level in your subject
  • Taught by subject experts
  • Flexible working patterns, discuss the options with the subject leader
  • Combination of distance learning and two weeks face to face
  • Available to those on various ITE routes, including those based at other institutions

Would you benefit from an SKE course?

You could benefit from an SKE course if you have:

  • Studied the subject to a highly advanced level and but would benefit from a refresher course.
  • Studied a degree which is related rather than an exact match.
  • Recently graduated and studied a degree not related to the subject, but have a related A level.
  • Changed career and have an unrelated degree with a lot of related knowledge including an A level.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • At interview, we will assess your need for an SKE
  • If there is a need, the SKE will be placed as a condition of your PGCE offer

Other information

Contact skec@worc.ac.uk to discuss your eligibility

Course content

What will you study?

Please note that the latest possible start date for SKEs is July 8th

Computer Science SKE

  • Enhance your practical skills using a range of software
  • Write algorithms, pseudocode and code in different languages
  • Develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Computing outside of the classroom
  • Mathematic/Modelling for computing
  • Engage in design projects using the Raspberry Pi and BBC micro:bit computers

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face

  • 27 – 31 July and 10 – 14 August

Design and Technology (Food) SKE

  • Complete a Design & Technology Food subject audit to assess the skills that will need to be developed and enhanced during the course
  • Develop and enhance skills for teaching food within a demanding curriculum at KS3, KS4 and KS5
  • Complete independent learning tasks linked to the activities undertaken on the face to face content. This will link with resources needed to teach within schools
  • Study the Design & Technology curriculum to become more confident in its content, with focus on the GCSE assessments for Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Research various exam board GCSE specifications, focusing on key content and skills taught
  • Consider practical classroom management and skills

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face       

  • 20 – 24 July and 27 – 31 July

English SKE

  • Read a range of Shakespeare plays and explore at least one in detail
  • Read a range of 19th century literature and study one in more detail
  • Read and compare a range of poetry including modern and Pre 1914
  • Refresh your grammar knowledge
  • Study a range of modern plays
  • Attend two enrichment days during the face to face study; including a trip to Stratford
  • Understand how basic subject knowledge corresponds with the KS3 and KS4 Programmes of Study

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face       

  • 29 June – 3 July and 6 – 10 July

Modern Languages (French) SKE

  • In face to face sessions, discuss themes and grammar points studied in the French curriculum at KS3, KS4 and into KS5
  • Enhance your understanding of French culture with distance learning tasks
  • Watch and analyse films: “Entre les murs”, “Intouchables”, “Le prénom” and “La vie est un long fleuve tranquille”
  • Explore a literary text: “Le petit prince”
  • Research current issues and festivals
  • Work independently on grammar (Grammaire en Clair)

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face       

  • 8 – 12 June and 29 June – 3 July

Geography SKE

  • Consider the uniqueness of the subject of geography and your individual areas of strength and for development
  • Explore global systems and global governance
  • Use maps and diagrams to communicate data
  • Study coastal and river systems and landscapes
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on African countries
  • Explore global population and the environment, including resource security

Compulsory taught sessions

Distance              

  • 6 weeks from 25th May

Face to face       

  • 6 – 10 July and 13 – 17 July  

Mathematics SKE

  • A range of mathematics from within the KS3, KS4 and KS5 Mathematics curriculum including aspects of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics
  • A focus on learning through collaborative tasks, challenging distance-learning problems and personal reflection
  • A focus on developing and extending mathematical thinking through problem-solving and reasoning activities
  • A focus on using graphing software, models and manipulatives as appropriate to the task
  • Culminating in a greater aware of the subject content within the KS3, KS4 and KS5 Mathematics curriculum and the connections across these

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face       

  • 13 – 17 July and 20 – 24 July plus 20 June and 4 July (half days)

Science: Biology SKE

  • Enhance your practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Practice each GCSE required practical
  • Make links to Chemistry and Physics up to KS4
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face       

  • 20 – 24 July and 27 – 31 July

Distance              

  • 8 weeks 29th June
  • 12 weeks 1st June
  • 16 weeks 4th May (biology only)

Science: Chemistry SKE

  • Enhance your practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Practice each GCSE required practical
  • Make links to Biology and Physics up to KS4
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face 

  • 20 – 24 July and 27 – 31 July

Science: Physics SKE

  • Enhance your practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Practice each GCSE required practical
  • Make links to Biology and Chemistry up to KS4
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

Face to face

  • 20 – 24 July and 27 – 31 July

Religious Education

  • Subject knowledge content matches GCSE specifications and the Commission on RE Statement of Entitlement (2018).
  • Enhance subject knowledge of the main World Religions, and deepen understanding of how some of these are practiced in Britain today.
  • Bespoke modules based on your requirements answering questions such as How do different religions understand the nature of God? Or How do different religions and worldviews respond to questions about the purpose of life or purposeful life? Or How do different religions understand the concept of worship?
  • Be supported one to one by tutors highly experienced in religious education and learn about the purpose of RE, where to find accurate information and consider approaches to teaching
  • Opportunity to undertake fieldwork and engage with religion in the public sphere
  • Free NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) student membership for one year and bespoke resource package

The SKE can be started at any time and be completed over 8 (full time) or 16 (part time) weeks and must be completed by the end of August. The course is 200 hours in length.

This is an online course run by TEACH:RE.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

PGCE Computer Science students working with Raspberry Pi

Teaching approach

  • Audit your subject knowledge to enhance your learning priorities
  • Complete distance learning tasks and reflect on how these build on your existing knowledge and skills
  • Attend two weeks of face to face sessions at the University to work collaboratively on a range of practical activities
  • Place your learning in the context of the classroom
  • Self-assess your development across the course
Careers

Where could it take you?

PGCE students doing outdoor activity
  • Get a head start - Refresh your subject knowledge in your main subject before the course
  • Experience a range of activities and tasks, and get resources to support your teaching career
  • Understand the learning process from the point of view of the pupil
  • Get practical skills - observe your course leader and your peers in action
Costs

How much will it cost?

Further Information

Considering an SKE?

Bursaries are available for eligible applicants. Subject to confirmation from DfE.  

Contact us for further information about the courses, for an application form and to find out more about the bursary.

Get into teaching

How to apply