Mathematics SKE

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Boost your maths knowledge. Qualify for a mathematics teacher training degree. Start your career with complete confidence.

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This face-to-face, classroom-based taught course will update your skills so that you are prepared and fully confident to start training as a Mathematics teacher, capable of teaching up to and including A level.

The course runs from mid-September until June. Successful students will then progress onto the PGCE Mathematics course the following September.

The course has a proven track record in enabling those with A level Mathematics, but with a degree in a different subject area, to go on to a successful career as a teacher. Many former Sunderland SKE trainees are now still in teaching and holding positions of responsibility within schools.

The need to complete a SKE course will be discussed with you on interview to your preferred teacher training course.

Why us?

  • No tuition fee for this course
  • You may be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course 
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • You will be taught by tutors with proven expertise as effective teachers

Course structure

You’ll be taught via lectures, independent work, directed tasks, and written assignments.

Your progress will be assessed with written work, exams and presentations. Throughout the course you'll have one-to-one support from staff.

Modules on this course include:

  • Structure and Pattern 1 (10 credits)
  • Structure and Pattern 2 (10 credits)
  • Using and Applying ICT in Mathematics 1 (10 credits)
  • Using and Applying ICT in Mathematics 2 (10 credits)
  • The Development of Geometric Thinking (10 credits)
  • The Development of Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Statistics in Action (10 credits)
  • Mechanics in Action (10 credits)
  • The Nature of Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Errors and Misconceptions in Mathematics (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. It’s a modern building with great views of the River Wear, and just a few minutes’ walk from the coast.

Entry requirements

You must have an offer of a place on a Mathematics teacher training course either with the University of Sunderland or another training provider. This offer should be conditional upon successful completion of a Mathematics SKE course. All SKE trainees are expected to have A level Mathematics (preferably grade C or above) or equivalent before the start of the course.

Please note, if you have an offer of a place on a teacher training course elsewhere, you can still join our SKE courses. However, if you are offered a place on a University of Sunderland PGCE Secondary Education course and a condition is to complete a SKE course beforehand, then you should expect to complete the SKE course here at the University.

Fees and finance

SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees. You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course, £5,600 in total.

For more information, please visit Get into Teaching.

This course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


This course will enhance your knowledge of mathematics and allow you to progress to a PGCE in Mathematics.

Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,917 and experienced teachers can earn up to £59,857 outside London and £67,305 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £44,544 and £109,366.

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