Our BGU Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) programmes are designed to help potential Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees gain the depth of knowledge required to teach their chosen subject.

Our SKE courses are delivered in a blended approach including online distance-learning and face-to-face sessions at our campus in Lincoln.

Here at BGU, we run two different types of SKE programme, BGU Core and BGU VidLearn. Our BGU Core SKE is delivered through the BGU Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) plus face-to-face weekends, and our BGU VidLearn SKE courses are delivered in conjunction with VidLearn’s VLE, plus non-compulsory face-to-face weekend sessions.

Available Courses for 2019/20

BGU Core SKE subjects (8-week courses only):

  • English

BGU VidLearn subjects (8, 12, 16, 20 and 28 week courses):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish

For more information about the SKE courses offered by BGU VidLearn, please click here to view our online SKE Brochure, which contains a list of subjects, links to apply online, and hours of study needed to complete the course.

Face to Face Weekend Sessions

The on-campus BGU Core SKE subject sessions provide face-to-face contact with academic staff for your subject, and take place over three weekends in June and July.

  • 06.06.2020 and 07.06.2020
  • 27.06.2020 and 28.06.2020
  • 25.07.2020 and 26.07.2020

These weekends can be optional for BGU VidLearn SKE subjects, although we encourage attendance to maximise the opportunities offered by the course.

How To Apply

To apply for a BGU VidLearn SKE course, please complete the online application form for the appropriate course and duration as found in the BGU VidLearn brochure.

For the BGU Core SKE course, you will be required to attend all weekend sessions and complete all online distance learning via the VLE in order to complete the 8-week course.

To apply for the BGU Core SKE course please complete the below online application form here:

BGU Core SKE – 8-week English application form

SKE Partners

SKE for Religious Education

The SKE course for Religious Education is offered in conjunction with our external partner, Culham St Gabriel’s (CSTG).

The course is 8 weeks in duration and is delivered via an online learning environment plus you will also have the option to attend BGU’s face-to-face weekends. All assignments will be marked by the Programme Leader for the PGCE Secondary Religious Education course here at BGU and all assignments must be completed in order to fully complete the SKE programme.

To find out more information about the SKE course, please visit the CSTG website and to make an application for this course, please click here. Once your application has been received, BGU will be in contact to obtain information regarding your bursary payments.

If you would like more information about the course, please contact CSTG via email.

SKE for Design & Technology

Our academics recommend Eureka Online College for these SKE subjects.

Funding and Bursaries

SKE funding is currently available for certain subjects. To be eligible to receive SKE funding you must meet the eligibility criteria outlined by the Department for Education.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Religious education

Further Information

In order to access SKE courses offered by BGU, you must hold a conditional offer for a place on an ITT course. Your offer must also include a SKE as a condition.

If you are applying for an ITT course at BGU then we will discuss SKE options during the interview.

We do accept applications from applicants studying with other institutions providing that your offer is confirmed by the University and a SKE course is a condition of your offer*

For more information about our SKE courses and the routes that we offer, please contact the Enquiries Team or call us on 01522 583658.

*As part of the application process, we will ask your University to confirm this information before proceeding.