Computing SKE

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Computing (Secondary)

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Our SKE Computing 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 Computing Subject Knowledge Enhancement course aims, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, to:

  • refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge;
  • develop computational thinking;
  • develop an awareness of computing 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.
  • Serving teachers 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 will cover the full requirements for the National Curriculum Programme of Study in Computing from Key Stages 3-4, introducing you to the requirements for Key Stage 5. Wherever possible, all material encountered is linked to good classroom practice and appropriate pedagogy.

Programming and programming techniques are the core of the new curriculum; however, you will also gain a deeper understanding of the tools and techniques that encapsulate the main tenets of computer science:

  • Computational thinking;
  • Abstraction;
  • Decomposition;
  • Algorithmic thinking;
  • The place of computing in the 21st century workplace;
  • The impact of design and creative decisions.

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.

For full information, read our SKE Funding and Bursary Guidance (pdf).

Serving Teachers

For serving teachers, funding must be secured via the Teaching School Alliances (TSA) who will then pay us direct for your access to the SKE materials.


Applicants who do not meet the pre-ITT funding criteria or who do not apply via a TSA will need to pay the tuition fee. 

The course fees for 2017/18 are £200 per week. 

  • 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)

“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, 2016-17

 “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, 2016-17


COHORT 1 START DATE: 20th January 2018

Cohort 1
Start Date: 20/01/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 17/03/2018 CLOSED
12 weeks 14/04/2018 CLOSED
16 weeks 12/05/2018 CLOSED
20 weeks 09/06/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 2 START DATE: 17th February 2018

Cohort 2
Start Date: 17/02/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 14/04/2018 CLOSED
12 weeks 12/05/2018 CLOSED
16 weeks 09/06/2018 CLOSED
20 weeks 07/07/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 3 START DATE: 17th March 2018

Cohort 3
Start Date: 17/03/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks  12/05/2018 CLOSED
12 weeks  09/06/2018 CLOSED
16 weeks  07/07/2018 CLOSED
20 weeks  04/08/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 4 START DATE: 7th April 2018

Cohort 4
Start Date: 07/04/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 02/06/2018 CLOSED
12 weeks 30/06/2018 CLOSED
16 weeks 28/07/2018 CLOSED
20 weeks 25/08/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 5 START DATE: 5th May 2018

Cohort 5
Start Date: 05/05/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 30/06/2018 CLOSED
12 weeks 28/07/2018 CLOSED
16 weeks 25/08/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 6 START DATE: 2nd June 2018

Cohort 6
Start Date: 02/06/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 28/07/2018 CLOSED
12 weeks 25/08/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 7 START DATE: 30th June 2018

Cohort 7
Start Date: 30/06/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 25/08/2018 CLOSED

COHORT 8 START DATE: 4th August 2018

Cohort 8

Start Date: 04/08/2018
Length End Date: Status
8 weeks 29/09/2018 CLOSED

Before starting the online application, make sure you read these step-by-step instructions:

Complete the Online Application

If you believe you are eligible for a bursary, you should attach the following forms when you apply:

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks - full-time
    (25 hrs/wk minimum average)

    Course Dates

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.

    Post-ITT (serving teachers): Places must be requested through a group of Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) that have secured the funding for courses this year. The TSA can then commission us to provide access to the SKE course materials.

    Other: We can provide our SKE courses to candidates who can't secure a free place but would still benefit from completing a course.


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