Hilary changed her career to enter teaching and has recently completed her SKE.
The SKE course at Birmingham is a highly rated subject knowledge enhancement course for those who wish to teach mathematics but have a degree with relatively little mathematics content. The course will help you to increase your confidence by developing a deep understanding of mathematics at A level and beyond. The subject enhancement course at Birmingham works on two levels: the development of personal mathematics knowledge, and also thinking about teaching and learning issues whilst being a learner of mathematics. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach mathematics and make informed decisions about how you work with students. The SKE course is suitable for career changers as well as those who have recently graduated. Former students include those who have worked in law, banking and marketing as well as those who have worked in schools as teaching assistants.
Following the successful completion of the 36 week full-time SKE course, students are automatically eligible to take up their place on the PGDipEd course.
Please contact one of the course tutors if you require further information.
Download information on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement route (PDF, 226KB)
If your degree has the equivalent mathematics content of 50% of a mathematics degree then you might like to consider the one year Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Mathematics teaching course instead.
We also offer the Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (SSPIP) Mathematics course if you are interested in teaching young children.
Information on our other PGDipEd (QTS) secondary subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) course page.
There are no tuition fees for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). In the PGDipEd(QTS) year, fees will be at 2015/2016 rate: £9,000 UK/EU full-time, £14,140 overseas full-time.
Scholarships and studentships
Students are not eligible for statutory support during their SKE period. Home/EU students will be eligible to apply for statutory support from their relevant funding agency during the PGDipEd year. Please view the Funding for Initial Teacher Education page for more information.
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries
All applicants for the SKE course must hold a degree or equivalent qualification (preferably with some mathematics content).You will need to have at least a Grade B at Higher Level GCSE and either an A-level (or equivalent) in mathematics or experience of working in a mathematics department in a secondary school.
If you wish to discuss your qualifications further, please contact either Mary O'Connor or Linda Caswell.
All candidates also have to:
have a GCSE in English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification in addition to the mathematics qualification; alternatively they might be advised to take an Equivalency Test
. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start an SKE course with the intention to progress to a PGDipEd (QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy prior to starting the course; please see the Professional Skills Tests section
of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
provide a satisfactory medical form
complete an enhanced DBS/police check
complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise