Physics SKE

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Physics

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

 This course is delivered entirely online and therefore has not been impacted due to Covid-19

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

The Physics 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 physics 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. 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.

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 2020 are £200 per week.

For entry during 2020 the tuition fee rates are:

  • 8 weeks - £1,600
  • 12 weeks - £2,400
  • 16 weeks - £3,200
  • 20 weeks - £4,000 
  • 99% of our students feel they have made progress in their subject knowledge after completing the course.
  • 93% of students found the technology for the course easy to use.
  • 95% of students found the tutorials were helpful in progressing their development.
  • 92% of students found the course guidance clear and easy to follow.

(According to the CCCU SKE Student Evaluation Survey)

“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

“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.”

 Thiebault, SKE Participant

COHORT 1 START DATE: 7th March 2020

Cohort 1
Start Date: 07/03/2020
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 02/05/2020 CLOSED
12 weeks 30/05/2020 CLOSED
16 weeks 27/06/2020 CLOSED
20 weeks 25/07/2020 CLOSED

COHORT 2 START DATE: 28th March 2020

Cohort 2
Start Date: 28/03/2020
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 23/05/2020 CLOSED
12 weeks 20/06/2020 CLOSED
16 weeks 18/07/2020 CLOSED
20 weeks 15/08/2020 CLOSED

COHORT 3 START DATE: 25th April 2020

Cohort 3
Start Date: 25/04/2020
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 20/06/2020 CLOSED
12 weeks 18/07/2020 CLOSED
16 weeks 15/08/2020 CLOSED

COHORT 4 START DATE: 16th May 2020

Cohort 4
Start Date: 16/05/2020
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 11/07/2020 CLOSED
12 weeks 08/08/2020 CLOSED

COHORT 5 START DATE: 6th June 2020

Cohort 5
Start Date: 06/06/2020
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 01/08/2020 CLOSED

COHORT 6 START DATE: 27th June 2020

Cohort 6
Start Date: 27/06/2020
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 22/08/2020 CLOSED


Complete the Online Application

Note: When applying, make sure you select 2019/20 as the academic year and search using the word 'Subject' to display the SKE courses. 

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

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.

    If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.


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