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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programmes 

A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programme offers you the chance to prepare for teacher training by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge. SKE courses are available to those who would like to train to teach secondary Mathematics, Chemistry, English or Spanish.

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If you feel you have the potential to be an excellent secondary specialist teacher but that you don't have the right degree to teach a certain subject, our SKE programmes are designed to give you the depth of knowledge you'll need to teach your chosen subject. 

Our flexible programmes last up to 24 weeks and are aimed at those who have already been offered a conditional place on a postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) course, subject to completion of an SKE programme.  As a minimum, our SKE programmes are the equivalent of eight weeks' full time study. Some are longer depending on whether you need to top up your subject knowledge or need something more in-depth.

Depending on the individual programme, you can study all in one go as a full-time programme, or spread your studies over a longer period part-time, possibly through blended learning, evening sessions or weekends. There is also the option of parallel delivery when an SKE programme can't be completed before your Teacher Training is due to start.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will continue on to initial teacher training at UEL or another training provider.

You should first apply to an ITT course. You can indicate on your ITT application form that you are interested in doing our SKE programme. You won't have to pay for SKE; it will be confirmed as part of a conditional offer for ITT.

SKE trainees who have accepted a firm offer for September can apply for a bursary by completing the following SKE Teacher Training Bursary forms:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programmes

    Chemistry

    A route into chemistry teaching for non-specialists

    Outstanding Chemistry teachers are in short supply. However, there are many enthusiastic graduates with the potential to be specialist chemistry teachers but who are insufficiently qualified to enter straight into initial teacher training with chemistry as their specialism.

    If you are interested in teaching Chemistry but don’t feel that you have enough subject knowledge then these are the SKE programmes for you. The programmes give you the opportunity to develop your subject knowledge further before beginning secondary teacher training in 2018/19.

    The University of East London has designed this six month (24 week) chemistry subject knowledge enhancement course, funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, to equip you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach science to 11-16 years olds, with the potential to teach to A-Level standard, with chemistry as your specialism.

    Due to the quality of teaching and learning provided on the UEL SKE Chemistry course it has been able to meet the high standards set by Royal Society of Chemistry. As a result of this, UEL SKE Chemistry is the first of the chemistry SKE courses in England to be approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry. RSC consider that, ‘UEL have certainly set the bar high!’ 


    The programme offers innovative and enjoyable yet flexible modes of study with a strong emphasis on discussing chemical ideas and using ICT.

    Learning takes place through taught sessions, practical and investigative sessions, seminar presentations, self-study units and external visits and activities. There are also additional Chemistry and ICT sessions for those who need these.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will move onto their chosen programme of Initial Teacher Training (PGCE or School Direct) at UEL or another training provider.

    Key facts

    • An intensive programmes for graduates who want to teach chemistry but whose degree is not in chemistry or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening prior to training for qualified teacher status (QTS)
    • The course will prepare successful students to teach chemistry to at least the standard required to teach 11-16 year olds (GCSE). The intention is that most students will reach the standard required to teach to A-level standard
    • Applicants must have already secured an offer of place on an initial teacher training programme
    • No tuition fees - students who are assessed as home fee status will have their tuition fees paid by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and may also be eligible for a training bursary to support their living costs. International students are not eligible to apply for this course
    • Many of our SKE chemistry trainees are successful in being awarded the £25,000 RSC scholarship due to their excellent subject knowledge and improved communication skills.
    Entry requirements

    This SKE programme is available if you already have:
    • An element of Chemistry in your degree programme and/or occupational experience of the subject
    • Another national curriculum subject as your degree, are in possession of an A-Level in Chemistry and have relevant additional experience
    • A conditional offer from an ITT provider such as a Teaching School Alliance.

    Course content

    The course has been designed to be enjoyable and relevant to chemistry in society. Course tutors are all excellent practitioners, experienced in the delivery of chemistry education. The course consists of taught sessions, practical and investigative sessions, seminars, presentations, self-study units and extra mural activities.

    Students develop a keen sense of team work, and often share materials which can be used later in teacher training and when teaching.

    The course is modular and consists of a number of core chemistry modules and a module entitled: Chemistry in the 21st Century, which will look at chemistry in the modern world.

    “There is a focus on knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts through the study of the core chemistry modules, and students engage with a series of ‘applications of chemistry’ topics.” OFSTED.

    Core chemistry modules covering:
    • Atomic, Molecular and structural Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Energetics and kinetics
    • Inorganic principles – periodicity, metals and non-metals
    • Optional modules in Material and industrial chemistry or Further organic chemistry.
    The Chemistry in the 21st Century module is designed to enable students to place chemistry in the wider context of the world and to understand current topics in chemistry and chemistry in everyday situations. Site visits, including industrial visits and a visit to the Science Museum, are an integral part of the course.

    The Communicating Chemistry module is designed to encourage students to research chemical topics and present their findings to peers. Communicating Chemistry seminars explore chemistry in the wider context, e.g. media, environment and the music industry, and enable students to gain perspectives on the relevance of chemistry in society.

    A student said "the course has helped me increase my knowledge of chemistry and I have enjoyed learning from different teaching styles."

    Students are expected to audit their chemical knowledge and to use this as a basis for planning and developing their chemical knowledge. Students keep a learning log, which they will use to develop a personal learning plan. The philosophy of the course is that students should be able to understand and apply chemistry in everyday situations - so that teaching chemistry can be exciting and motivating.

    Practical sessions will take place in order to develop and enhance laboratory skills. Additionally, there will be underpinning sessions in Mathematics and ICT.

    Assessment

    Students will be assessed via assignments, end of module tests and a portfolio of evidence.

    Added value

    Students will be eligible to apply to become Associate Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry during the course.

    How to apply

    If you wish to take advantage of our specialist SKE programme and have been made a conditional offer on a PGCE or School Direct programme please download and complete the application form below and submit by email to teacheradmiss@uel.ac.uk.

    For guidance or more information, phone 0208 223 3333

    Complete the Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Application Form (doc).

    Chemistry

     Mathematics 

    Physics

    A route into physics teaching for non-specialists

    Outstanding Physics teachers are in short supply. However, there are many enthusiastic graduates with the potential to be specialist physics teachers but who are insufficiently qualified to enter straight into initial teacher training with physics as their specialism. If you are interested in teaching Physics but don’t feel that you have enough subject knowledge then these are the SKE programmes for you. The programmes give you the opportunity to develop your subject knowledge further before beginning secondary teacher training in 2016/17.

    Subject knowledge enhancement courses are intensive programmes for graduates who want to teach physics but whose degree is not in physics or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening prior to training for qualified teacher status (QTS). The University of East London has designed this six month (24 week) physics subject knowledge enhancement course, funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to equip you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach science to 11-16 year olds, with physics as your specialism. 

    The programmes offer innovative and enjoyable yet flexible modes of study with a strong emphasis on discussing physics ideas and using ICT.

    Learning takes place through taught sessions, practical and investigative sessions, seminar presentations, self-study units and external visits and activities. There are also additional physics and ICT sessions for those who need these.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will move onto their chosen programme of Initial Teacher Training (PGCE or School Direct) at UEL or another training provider.

    Key facts
    • A flexible yet intensive course of up to 24 weeks running from February 2016, for those who want to teach Physics but whose degree is not a direct match or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening.
    • Pre-ITT or parallel study that equips you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach 11–16 year olds, with the potential to teach to A-Level standard.
    • SKE programmes that prepare you for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) as a specialist Physics teacher at UEL or another provider.
    • Applicants must have already secured an offer of place on an initial teacher training programme.
    • No tuition fees - students who are assessed as home fee status will have their tuition fees paid by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and may also be eligible for a training bursary to support their living costs. International students are not eligible to apply for this course.
    Entry requirements

    This SKE programme is available if you already have:
    • An element of Physics in your degree programme and/or occupational experience of the subject.
    • Another national curriculum subject as your degree, are in possession of an A-Level in Physics and have relevant additional experience.
    • A conditional offer from an ITT provider such as a Teaching School Alliance (Please note there is no direct entry on to the course). 

    Course content

    The training programme is innovative and designed to be enjoyable and relevant to Physics in society. Course tutors are all excellent practitioners, experienced in the delivery of Physics education.

    The course will consist of taught sessions, practical and investigative sessions, seminars, presentations, field study, school visits, self-study units and extra mural activities. Each of the modules is taught by specialist lecturers who are experienced teachers and specialists in their subjects.

    The core of the Programme consists of seven modules, which are intended to give participants a deeper understanding of Physics constructs in the following areas:
    • Units and measurement
    • Forces and motion
    • Electricity and magnetism
    • Work, energy and power
    • Fields and waves
    • Nuclear physics
    • Astronomy and cosmology
    • Additionally, for those who need it, there will be underpinning Mathematics and ICT sessions.
    Practical skills sessions will take place in order to enhance laboratory skills. The skills learned during these sessions will be applied in an investigational context in ‘Physics Investigations’ projects. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the work of the physicist in schools and work alongside some innovative Physics departments.

    Participants will be expected to take part in seminars on Physics in wider contexts e.g. media, environment, war, the music industry in order to gain perspective on the relevance of Physics in society.

    There will also be fieldwork, trips and visits, which will help to place Physics in wider world contexts.

    Assessment

    By completing a portfolio of evidence during the course. Also by end-of-module tests.

    Added value

    We are fortunate to have the Institute of Physics (IoP) as a key partner in this enhancement programme. PEC students are encouraged to make the most of the support that the IOP offers through their materials, their website and the IOP Teacher Network.

    How to apply

    If you wish to take advantage of our specialist SKE programme and have been made a conditional offer on a PGCE or School Direct programme please download and complete the application form below and submit by email to teacheradmiss@uel.ac.uk.

    For guidance or more information, phone 0208 223 3333.

    Complete the Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Application Form (doc).

     Spanish 

    Spanish

    A route into teaching Spanish for non-specialists

    In light of current curriculum proposals the required number of full–time equivalent secondary language teachers will rise significantly.
    There are many enthusiastic graduates with the potential to be specialist teachers but who are insufficiently qualified to enter straight into initial teacher training in 2016/17.
    Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes are intensive courses for graduates who want to teach modern languages but whose degree is not a direct match or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening prior to training for qualified teacher status (QTS).

    The University of East London has designed a 8 week course for Spanish.  Most programmes are funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, to equip you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach 11-16 year olds.
    Upon successful completion of the course, students will continue on to initial teacher training at UEL or another training provider.

    Key facts
    • Intensive yet flexible programmes of up to 8 weeks beginning in June 2018, for those who want to teach Spanish but whose degree is not a direct match or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening.
    • Pre-ITT or parallel study that equips you with the skills and subject knowledge to teach 11–16 year olds, with the potential to teach to A-Level standard.
    • SKE programmes that prepare you for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) as a specialist Spanish teacher at UEL or another provider.
    Entry requirements

    This SKE programme is for graduates who want to teach Spanish but whose degree is not in Languages or whose specialist subject knowledge needs deepening before starting teacher training.

    To be eligible for funded SKE programmes you must:

    • Hold a conditional offer from an initial teacher training (ITT) provider before you join the subject knowledge enhancement course.
    • Please note, there is no direct entry onto the course unless you or your school is funding the programme.
    • If you are a home (UK) student you may be eligible for funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
    Typical minimum entry requirements

    • GCSEs in Mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
    • An honours degree, 2.2 or above, from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent  qualification.
    • Motivation - applicants should have a strong desire to teach Modern Languages at secondary school level.
    • Applicants must have already been offered a place on a programme of initial teacher training.

    Course content

    Our certificated SKE Programmes are culturally based with a different theme each week and are delivered entirely in the target language. Course tutors are all excellent practitioners, experienced in the delivery of modern languages. Programmes are delivered through a blended learning approach with taught sessions, seminars, presentations and self study. 



    Here is an indicative list of themes:
    Subject Knowledge Enhancement SKE Application Form 2017 for 2018 Entry
    • Family
    • Home
    • Holidays
    • Food
    • Films
    • Media
    • Technology
    • Fashion
    • Religion
    • Immigration
    • Education
    • Adolescents
    • Environment
    • Spanish speaking countries and culture
    • Assessment
    There are no formal assessment points in this course. Each module does, however, contain a number of self-testing elements to enable participants to review and track their progress.



    How to apply



    If you wish to take advantage of our specialist SKE programme and have been made a conditional offer on a PGCE or School Direct programme please download and complete the application form below and submit by email to teacheradmiss@uel.ac.uk.

    For guidance or more information, phone 0208 223 3333.

    Complete the Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course Application Form (doc).

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