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Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #81 (QS) Birmingham, United Kingdom
The Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, is a full time, campus-based conversion course for those who wish to teach mathematics but have a degree with relatively little mathematics content. The SKE course helps develop a deep understanding of mathematics at A level and beyond and includes some school experience.
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Algebra 
  • Calculus
  • Geometries
  • Statistics
  • Operations and structure
  • Mechanics and decision mathematics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

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
  • pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy prior to starting the course
  • 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

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


For eligible applicants there are no tuition fees for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE*). Students not eligible for NCTL funding should contact us for course fees. 

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