German SKE

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) German

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Our SKE German courses are tailored to your individual subject knowledge needs, with the flexibility of studying for 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks.

Courses are free for those eligible for funding (see 'Fees, Funding & Bursaries' section below).

The German Subject Knowledge Enhancement course aims, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, to:

  • refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge;
  • develop your language and conversation skills;
  • practise vocabulary and grammar;
  • promote independent learning, improve meta-cognitive skills and develop your ability to identify and address your own learning needs.

The course is designed to meet your subject knowledge needs. Study is flexible and can fit around your lifestyle and commitments.

The course is designed for:

  • Pre-Initial Teacher Training (ITT) applicants who need to strengthen their existing subject knowledge;
  • Anyone who would like to improve their subject knowledge. 


All the SKE course content is accessed online.

  • The course starts with an initial test to help identify your language level, followed by an online induction. Throughout the course, you participate in the weekly online tutorials and work through the online language activities.  At the end of the course, you take the final test to measure your progress.
  • You are expected to spend a minimum average of 25 hours a week working on the course.


Successful completion of the course is measured through engagement with the course and progress in the course tests.

This is a non-credit bearing course.

Technical Requirements

You must have the following:

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

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.

The German Subject Knowledge Enhancement course blends self-directed online learning with live videoconferences. It is delivered using an online interactive system which has an excellent international reputation and uses adaptive software, releasing harder sessions when confidence is secured in sessions of parallel difficulty.

The course is taught up to Level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, but the focus is on language acquisition for everyday situations. Exercises in vocabulary and grammar are enhanced with voice recognition software. The software will enable you to adjust your accent and pronunciation in the context of everyday situations.

The weekly online live tutorials are scheduled in small groups with a tutor who is an experienced specialist in your study language and will help you expand your language skills.

Funding and Bursaries for Pre-ITT Applicants

For those students with a conditional ITT offer dependent upon completing an SKE course, the course fee is fully funded, subject to certain eligibility requirements.  Bursaries of £200 per week are also available to these students to help support them throughout the course.

We deal with funding and bursary requests as part of the application process. Please note your ITT provider will provide an appropriate course length as part of your ITT offer. If you have any course length queries please contact your ITT provider.

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


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 2018/19 are £200 per week. 

For entry during 2018-19 the tuition fee rates are:

  • 8 weeks - £1600;
  • 12 weeks - £2400;
  • 16 weeks - £3200;
  • 20 weeks - £4000.
  • 98% of our students feel they have made progress in their subject knowledge after completing the course.
  • 96% of students found the technology for the course easy to use.
  • 94% of students found the tutorials were helpful in progressing their development.
  • 94% of students found the course guidance clear and easy to follow.

(According to the CCCU SKE Student Evaluation Survey)

 “I was so glad I did an SKE course.   The online tutorial was really good and our tutor Jim was very supportive. I am still using resources in my teaching now and I will go back to it in half term as I still have access for another year.  It was all really easy to set up and there is even a tutorial online to help you set up Blackboard.”

Hugh, SKE Participant, 2016-17

“It was recommended to me that I should do an SKE. I 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.”

Helen, SKE Participant, 2016-17


COHORT 1 START DATE: 19th January 2019

Cohort 1
Start Date: 20/01/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 16/03/2019 CLOSED
12 weeks 13/04/2019 CLOSED
16 weeks 11/05/2019 CLOSED
20 weeks 08/06/2019 CLOSED

COHORT 2 START DATE: 16th February 2019

Cohort 2
Start Date: 16/02/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 13/04/2019 CLOSED
12 weeks 11/05/2019 CLOSED
16 weeks 08/06/2019 CLOSED
20 weeks 06/07/2019 CLOSED

COHORT 3 START DATE: 16th March 2019

Cohort 3
Start Date: 16/03/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks  11/05/2019 CLOSED
12 weeks  08/06/2019 CLOSED
16 weeks  06/07/2019 CLOSED
20 weeks  03/08/2019 CLOSED

COHORT 4 START DATE: 6th April 2019

Cohort 4
Start Date: 06/04/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 01/06/2019 CLOSED
12 weeks 29/06/2019 CLOSED
16 weeks 27/07/2019 CLOSED
20 weeks 24/08/2019 CLOSED

COHORT 5 START DATE: 4th May 2019

Cohort 5
Start Date: 04/05/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 29/06/2019 CLOSED
12 weeks 27/07/2019 CLOSED
16 weeks 24/08/2019 CLOSED

COHORT 6 START DATE: 1st June 2019

Cohort 6
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 27/07/2019 CLOSED
12 weeks 24/08/2019 CLOSED

COHORT 7 START DATE: 29th June 2019

Cohort 7
Start Date: 29/06/2019
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 24/08/2019 CLOSED


Applications for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course for the 2018-19 academic year are now closed. The online application for 2019-20 SKE courses will be posted here when available.


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks - full-time
    (25 hrs/wk minimum average)

Entry requirements

  • Pre-ITT: You must have accepted a conditional offer of an ITT place where the conditions indicate an SKE course 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.


  • Online


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