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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics (SKE)

  • Develop subject knowledge in Mathematics and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16;
  • Study on a free programme specifically for those with a place on a PGCE at any Higher Education institution or other provider in England;
  • Benefit from flexible study with at least one evening a week on campus.

If you have applied to study a Secondary Mathematics PGCE at any Higher Education provider in England but require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you.

The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in Mathematics to prepare you to teach the conceptual and applied aspects of the subject effectively, with competence, enthusiasm and confidence, to learners aged 11-16 years. Trainees will be encouraged to prepare for teaching A-level topics where appropriate.

Different programmes are available and the most suitable structure for you will depend on whether you studied a degree in a science discipline or a non-science subject. The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect the needs of each individual trainee.

The programme has six intakes per year. These include an 8-week course starting in July, a 16-week course starting in April, and a 28-week course starting in January.

Entry requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on a PGCE at a Higher Education institution in England, or if you are in the process of applying for the PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS at Edge Hill University. An A Level in Mathematics (or equivalent) is also required. Subject to availability, applicants from other providers will normally have a condition from their provider to obtain a place on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Assessment methods

There are no formal examinations. You will build a reflective portfolio from directed activities.


There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement programme which is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. You may also be eligible to receive a bursary


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Full-time 8 28 Weeks

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