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 Physics courses are tailored to your individual subject knowledge needs, with the flexibility of studying online for 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks. It will refresh and help improve your existing knowledge of Physics, enabling you to apply it within the context of your individual role or as part of your wider studies. Our SKE Physics 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 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.

      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.

      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.

      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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