Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (24 weeks) SKE - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This 24-week fast track course will boost your maths knowledge so that you are able to teach maths up to A Level. To join the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, you should already have received a conditional offer for initial teacher training – or you should at least be considering an application for it.

Typically, you should have already received a conditional offer for initial teacher training (ITT) – or you should at least be considering an application for it. Our course ends in July so that you are ready for ITT in September.

For Home/EU students, there is no tuition fee and you will be paid a bursary while you are studying on the course.

You will cover areas such as geometry, calculus, statistics, mechanics, patterns and equations as well as common errors and misconceptions in mathematics. At the initial interview, we will advise you whether this 24-week fast track course is suitable for you or whether an alternative course would be better for your circumstances.

Once you have successfully completed the SKE course and your initial teacher training, your career prospects will be very good. There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers and there are excellent job prospects, both in the North East and throughout the country.

Reports on our provision by external examiners have been very positive. Comments include: “It is clear that the course remains very successful in preparing candidates appropriately for their subsequent teacher training course”. 

Watch trainee teachers and a subject knowledge enhancement coordinator explain what a subject knowledge enhancement course is:

Course content

You will study the following units:

  • Patterns and Equations
  • Structure and Pattern
  • Development of Geometric Thinking
  • Nature of Mathematics
  • Investigating Calculus
  • Enriching and Strengthening Mathematics
  • Elementary Geometry  
  • Development of Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mechanics
  • Using LOGO and 3D Geometry
  • Errors and Misconceptions in Mathematics
  • Matrices
  • Investigating Sequences and Series

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods that include lectures, independent work, directed tasks, written assignments and use of ICT. In addition to attending taught sessions, we encourage you to undertake some voluntary work experience in a school.

Assessment methods include written work, exams and presentations. We assess all units.

Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Interactive whiteboards are available in our classrooms and we encourage you to use mathematical software, such as Autograph graph-plotting software, to support your learning.

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, a dedicated computer classroom, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with a strong international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world.


The David Goldman Informatics Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold:

  • An honours degree (preferably at least a 2:2)
  • A Level mathematics (at least grade E but we prefer grade C or above) or equivalent

You should also have (or be applying for) a place on a teacher training course.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees & finance

There is no fee for this course for UK and EU students.

This course is not available for international students. If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

This course enhances your maths subject knowledge, allowing you to progress on to a teacher training programme such as the University of Sunderland’s PGCE Mathematics Secondary Education and then achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

There is a shortage of mathematics teachers in England so there are excellent career opportunities both in the North East and nationwide.

The starting salary of a Newly Qualified Teacher is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers can expect to see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.


Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

For more information about all the support services you may have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student support and guidance.

Apply for this course

For details on how to apply for this course, please contact:

The Student Helpline
Tel: +44 (0) 191 515 3000

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Gateway, City Campus, University of Sunderland

Contact Sunderland

Programme Leader:
John Below

Contact the recruitment team for further information about studying at the University of Sunderland:

Recruitment Team
Telephone: 0191 515 3000 

The details

Course Name Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (24 weeks)
Classification Subject Knowledge Enhancement
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 6 months (24 weeks)
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting To be confirmed
UK/EU Fee £No charge
Intl Fee £Unavailable

Entry requirements

Honours degree (2:2 or above), and relevant teaching requirements

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