Online materials are what you make of them. You can set your own targets. By identifying your weaknesses you can improve and you can also ask the teacher to tell you where you need to focus.


    How do you want to study?




    Our SKE Computing 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 computing, enabling you to apply it within the context of your individual role or as part of your wider studies. For example, our SKE Computing 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 Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement course aims, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, to refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge; develop computational thinking; develop an awareness of computing in real-life contexts; promote and develop independent learning skills, and develop your ability to identify and address your own learning needs.

      All about the course

      The course will cover the full requirements for the National Curriculum Programme of Study in Computing from Key Stages 3-4, introducing you to the requirements for Key Stage 5. Wherever possible, all material encountered is linked to good classroom practice and appropriate pedagogy.

      Programming and programming techniques are the core of the new curriculum; however, you will also gain a deeper understanding of the tools and techniques that encapsulate the main tenets of computer science:

      • Computational thinking;
      • Abstraction;
      • Decomposition;
      • Algorithmic thinking;
      • The place of computing in the 21st century workplace;
      • The impact of design and creative decisions.

      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.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      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.

      found it quite hard at first because I’d not done an online lecture before. Once I'd gotten over the fact that I was sitting in my room attending a lecture, it was great. The groups were small. There were only 4 other people in my group so I had time to ask questions and develop.

      HelenSKE participant

      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.


      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:


      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 2021/2022 are £200 per week.

      For entry during 2021/2022 the tuition fee rates are:

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

      Course Dates and Apply

      Cohort 1

      COHORT 1 START DATE: 5 March 2022
      APPLICATION DEADLINE: 20 February 2022

      Length End Date: Status
      8 weeks 30/04/2022 Closed
      12 weeks 28/05/2022 Closed
      16 weeks 25/06/2022 Closed
      20 weeks 23/07/2022 Closed

      Cohort 2

      COHORT 2 START DATE: 2 April 2022
      APPLICATION DEADLINE: 20 March 2022

      Length End Date: Status  
      8 weeks 28/05/2022 Open Closed
      12 weeks 25/06/2022 Open Closed
      16 weeks 23/07/2022 Open Closed
      20 weeks 20/08/2022 Open Closed

      Cohort 3

      COHORT 3 START DATE: 30 April 2022
      APPLICATION DEADLINE: 18 April 2022

      Length End Date: Status  
      8 weeks 25/06/2022 Open Closed
      12 weeks 23/07/2022 Open Closed
      16 weeks 20/08/2022 Open Closed

      Cohort 4

      COHORT 4 START DATE: 28 May 2022

      Length End Date: Status  
      8 weeks 23/07/2022 Open Closed
      12 weeks 20/08/2022 Open Closed

      Cohort 5

      COHORT 5 START DATE: 28 June 2022
      APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12 June 2022

      Length End Date: Status  
      8 weeks 20/08/2022 Open Apply

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