At first I was a bit scared because it was all online and I thought it would be a bit cold but really it is a warm and friendly atmosphere. Our tutor really followed up on things from the week before. Students are 100% involved in the lesson. I was really surprised about how well it worked online.

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Overview

Our SKE Chemistry courses are tailored to your individual subject knowledge needs, with the flexibility of studying online for 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks. They refresh and help improve your existing knowledge of chemistry, enabling you to apply it within the context of your individual role or as part of your wider studies. For example, our SKE Chemistry course is perfect if you need to strengthen your subject knowledge to be accepted onto initial teacher training, or simply if you feel that additional learning would be beneficial. Courses are free for those eligible for funding.

The Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement course aims, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, to refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge; develop scientific thinking; develop an awareness of chemistry in real-life contexts; promote independent learning, improve meta-cognitive skills and develop your ability to identify and address your own learning needs.

Entry requirements

Pre-ITT: You must have accepted a conditional offer of an ITT place where the conditions indicate an SKE course in this subject must be completed.

Other: We can provide our SKE courses to candidates who can't secure a free place but would still benefit from completing a course.

All about the course

The course requires your active participation to undertake research, solve problems and analyse data. Topics are approached in meaningful contexts in order to encourage you to explore concepts rather than to simply accept knowledge, and to look at what may be familiar subject knowledge in a different way and therefore develop a better understanding of the subject. This approach will help you to model the pedagogic approach that has been proven to facilitate learning in the classroom.

The aim is to direct you to construct your own knowledge through carrying out a series of tasks and activities. You are expected to form a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the issues under discussion and to form an appreciation of their wider context. Where possible, ideas encountered in the on-demand material are linked to classroom practice and vested in practical science.

The course looks briefly at Key Stage 3 themes and approaches, continuing through and beyond Key Stage 4 to secure your subject knowledge sufficiently to support your teaching at AS/A-level, if required. Most of the sessions have a task associated with them which SKE participants are expected to undertake. These tasks are generally of higher GCSE or A-level standard.

How you’ll learn

All the SKE course content is accessed online. The course starts with an online induction followed by an initial test to help you identify areas to focus on. Throughout the course, you participate in the weekly online tutorials, work through the self-directed study materials and add your work to an e-portfolio. At the end of the course, a final test measures your progress.

You are expected to spend a minimum average of 25 hours a week working on the course.

Owing to the online nature of the course, you must have the following to access it:

  • a desktop or laptop personal computer (Windows or Mac);
  • a reliable internet connection;
  • a headset with microphone and USB connection.

We do NOT support the following devices for the SKE course as they may not be able to access all features of the course fully:

  • Tablets (whether iPad or Android) 
  • Smart phones
  • Chromebooks

For further details: Full technical specifications (pdf)

Please note: If you do not have the equipment listed, you will need to purchase it as funding is not available for IT equipment.

How you’ll be assessed

Successful completion of the course is measured through engagement with the course, progress in the course tests and submitting an e-portfolio.

This is a non-credit bearing course.

Fees

Funding and Bursaries for Pre-ITT Applicants

Students with a conditional ITT offer dependent upon completing an SKE course, may be eligible for course funding and a bursary provided they meet the eligibility criteria. Bursaries are available at a rate of £175 per week to help support these students throughout the course.

For full information, read our SKE Funding and Bursary Guidance (pdf).

If you believe you are eligible for a bursary, you will also need to provide the following when applying:

Fees

Applicants who do not meet the pre-ITT funding criteria (e.g. those who hold QTS) will need to pay the tuition fee. 

The course fees for 2020/2021 are £200 per week.

For entry during 2020/2021 the tuition fee rates are:

  • 8 weeks - £1,600
  • 12 weeks - £2,400
  • 16 weeks - £3,200
  • 20 weeks - £4,000 

Course Dates

Cohort 1

COHORT 1 START DATE: 3rd April 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 22nd March 2021

Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 29/05/2021 OPEN
12 weeks 26/06/2021 OPEN
16 weeks 24/07/2021 OPEN
20 weeks 21/08/2021 OPEN

Cohort 2

COHORT 2 START DATE: 1st May 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 19th April 2021

Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 26/06/2021 OPEN
12 weeks 24/07/2021 OPEN
16 weeks 21/08/2021 OPEN

Cohort 3

COHORT 3 START DATE: 29th May 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 17th May 2021

Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 24/07/2021 OPEN
12 weeks 21/08/2021 OPEN

Cohort 4

COHORT 3 START DATE: 26th June 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 14th June 2021

Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 21/08/2021 OPEN



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