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What makes Subject Knowledge Enhancement at Worcester so special?

The Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are pre-Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses designed to help you develop your knowledge of a specific subject.

We offer eight week (200 hours) courses in: Computer Science; Design & Technology (Food or Textiles); English; Geography; Mathematics; Modern Languages (French); and Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics). We also offer twelve week courses in Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).   For PGCE Secondary PE With Biology we offer an eight week bespoke Biology SKE.

Bursaries are available to eligible applicants.

Key features

  • Learn essential subject knowledge needed to teach KS3 & GCSE in your subject
  • Taught by subject experts
  • Flexible working patterns – discuss the options with the course leader
  • Combination of distance learning and two face to face weeks
  • Option of 300 hours for science SKE courses
  • Available to those on various ITT routes, including those based at other institutions.

Would I benefit from an SKE course?

  • I studied the subject to a highly advanced level and would benefit from a refresher of school-level subject knowledge.
  • I studied the subject to a highly advanced level, but over time have lost some of the ‘basics’.
  • I studied a degree which is related rather than an exact match.
  • I recently graduated and studied a degree not related to the subject; I have a related A level.
  • I 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

  • You must have an offer of a place on a teacher training course to be eligible for a bursary
  • The SKE may be a condition of your PGCE offer

Other information

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

Course content

What will you study?

The start date for the SKE is flexible but must be no later than 15 July 2019. The face to face dates for this SKE are detailed in the table below and are fixed. 

Computer Science SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Enhance your practical skills using a range of software
  • Write algorithms and code
  • Develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Engage in design projects using the Raspberry Pi and BBC micro:bit computers
  • Become aware of the school Computer Science curriculum

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 29 July - 2 August 2019
  • 12 - 16 August 2019

Design and Technology (Food and Textiles) SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Enhance your understanding and develop new skills for teaching food and textiles
  • Complete independent learning tasks
  • Develop an understanding of the underlying principles of practical processes
  • Become aware of school Food and Textiles curricula

Compulsory taught sessions

  • TBC       

English SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing through a series of engaging tasks that will enhance your understanding
  • Explore the new secondary curriculum and revised GCSE assessments for English
  • Manage your directed study time flexibly across the course

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 1 - 5 August 2019
  • 8 - 12 August 2019

Modern Languages (French) SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Enhance your understanding of French culture: watch and analyse films, explore literary texts, research current issues and festivals.
  • Become aware of the French curriculum at KS3 and KS4,and into KS5
  • Manage your directed study time flexibly across the course

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 4 & 5 July, 9 - 12 July, 16 - 19 July 2019           

Geography SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Refresh and enhance your knowledge
  • Explore fundamental topics through a wide range of practical activities
  • Become aware of the KS4 and KS5 Geography curriculum

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 8 - 12 July 2019        
  • 15 - 19 July 2019         

Mathematics SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Benefit from two Saturday half day workshops early in the course
  • Explore mathematics through collaborative tasks, challenging distance-learning problems and personal reflection
  • Develop mathematical thinking through problem-solving and reasoning activities
  • Become aware of the KS3, KS4 and KS5 Mathematics curriculum and make connections across these

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 15 - 19 July 2019
  • 22 - 26 July 2019
  • Plus two Saturday mornings - 22 June and 6 July 2019

Science: Biology SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Enhance your practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Become aware of the KS3 to KS5 Biology curriculum
  • Make links to Chemistry and Physics up to KS4
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 22 - 26 July 2019
  • 29 July - 2 August 2019

Science: Chemistry SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Enhance your practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Become aware of the KS3 to KS5 Chemistry curriculum
  • Make links to Biology and Physics up to KS4
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 22 - 26 July 2019 
  • 29 July - 2 August 2019

Science: Physics SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Consider practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Become aware of the KS3 to KS5 Physics curriculum
  • Manage your directed study time flexibly across the course
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

  • 22 - 26 July 2019
  • 29 July - 2 August 2019

Biology for PE SKE

  • Audit your knowledge and skills
  • Enhance your practical laboratory skills
  • Develop scientific thinking and explore how science works
  • Become aware of the KS3 to KS4 Biology curriculum
  • Make links to Chemistry and Physics up to KS3
  • Opportunity to take part in a field trip

Compulsory taught sessions

  • Every Tuesday & Wednesday from 4 June to 26 July 2019 

Religious Education

  • Audit your subject knowledge and understanding of religious education
  • Learn about the purpose of RE, where to find accurate information and considering approaches to teaching
  • Bespoke modules based on your audit 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?
  • 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.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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?

  • 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.

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

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