Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Mathematics (Secondary)

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

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

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

  • refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge;
  • develop mathematical thinking;
  • develop an awareness of mathematics in real-life contexts;
  • 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 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.


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.

Technical Requirements

You must have the following:

  • a desktop or laptop personal computer (Windows or Mac);
  • a reliable internet connection;
  • a headset with 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 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. Wherever possible, ideas encountered in the on-demand material are linked to classroom practice and appropriate pedagogy.

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.

We are currently awaiting confirmation from the DfE (Department for Education) as to the funding and bursary arrangements for courses starting in 2018-19. We will update this page when these arrangements have been confirmed.
  • 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

“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.”

 Thiebault, SKE Participant, 2016-17

Course dates for 2018-19 will be listed here as soon as they are available.
Applications for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course for the 2017-18 academic year are now closed. The online application for 2018-19 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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