Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Our online subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are ideal if you are applying for teacher training in Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, German, Maths, Physics or Spanish and either your degree is not subject-specific or you lack confidence in your subject.

Our SKE courses prepare you for initial teacher training by helping you to gain the depth of subject knowledge and skills you need to be able to teach your chosen subject. We recommend that all postgraduates applying for teacher training in a shortage subject complete an SKE course prior to or during their initial teacher training, if you are eligible. Very recent graduates in directly relevant degrees may not be eligible for a funded SKE.

As a postgraduate teacher training trainee you could access National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) SKE funding to cover the cost of a Tes Institute SKE course (worth up to £5,600*) and you may be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary of up to £5,600 (depending on the course length and availability of supplementary funding). 


Courses available

Tes Institute offers online SKE courses in nine subjects, including 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Spanish

In order to receive course funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) your chosen SKE subject should match the subject that you have a conditional offer for, unless you are teaching a Modern Language (French, German or Spanish) in which case you can choose a language that does not match your teacher training subject. In the case of Modern Language, you may pick up to two languages to cover back-to-back.

Please click on the sections below to view the subject areas of interest to you.