Computer Science SKE

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Boost your Computer Science knowledge. Qualify for a Computer Science teacher training degree. Start your career with complete confidence.

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Before starting your PGCE you may be asked to take a SKE course if your training provider feels you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to acquire more subject knowledge first. If that’s the case, they'll offer you a conditional place on your PGCE upon completion of a SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

  • Your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • You studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • You have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course would show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching
  • You would benefit from a short refresher course in your chosen subject

This Computer Science SKE course will update your skills so that you are prepared and fully confident to start training to become a Computer Science teacher.

Why us?

  • No tuition fee for SKE courses
  • 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)

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.

Topics on this course include:

You will choose topics based on your individual needs, such as:

  • Programming
  • Computer architecture
  • Algorithms
  • Machine representation of data
  • Organising and handling data in databases
  • Social implications of computing
  • Computer modelling


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

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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

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

We usually require applicants to already have an offer of a place on a course for initial teacher training. Their offer may be conditional on successful completion of this SKE course.

We will ask about your previous knowledge and experience so that we can ensure that you study the right number of units. The minimum duration of the course is eight weeks and the maximum is 24 weeks.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in any other element.

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 SKE training bursary of £200 per week to support you throughout the course. You could get a bursary of £5,600 for a 28-week course and £2,400 for a shorter course of 12 weeks.

For more information, please visit Get into Teaching.

The 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.

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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 Computing and allow you to progress onto a PGCE Computer Science.

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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