Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) 2021-22
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) 2021-22

What is a biology SKE?


A biology SKE is a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE), sometimes referred to a refresher course, that allows graduates to take up a teacher training position in biology.  These courses can be offered as classroom based courses, or online and sometimes a mixture of the 2 approaches – referred to as ‘blended’ SKE courses.  

We offer 100% online biology SKE courses, specialise in this approach and have an excellent track record with a large number of universities and SCITTs.   


Our new biology SKE course commenced January 2016.  SKE students have enjoyed working through essential biology topics taught at GCSE within UK schools and optional A level units. 



Due to the bespoke nature of our courses, each student on our biology SKE follows their own pathway through the course material.  Qualified biology teachers are on hand to help guide students onto the most appropriate units in preparation for ITT.  Eureka Online College is often praised for creating a learning experience much more personal, engaging and practical than what you might expect from an online course providing SKE.


If you are interested in completing a biology SKE course with us, please request an application form and a member of staff will get in touch.  


Please note that we only offer subject knowledge enhancement courses for preITT students with a conditional offer to complete a PGCE / School Direct teacher training. 


Biology SKE - Course Structure
Biology subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course information and programme structure. This document details what a biology SKE student can expect from their subject knowledge enhancement course with Eureka Online College
Course Structure - Biology SKE.pdf
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Meet the Biology SKE Tutors

Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Tutor Stuart - Biology SKE Tutor

Stuart is currently our subject tutor for Biology. He is currently a serving Head of Science in Kent. Previous to this he was a Head of Biology and Key Stage 3 Coordinator in a prominent grammar school in Essex.


His main subject is Biology, with a keen interest in genetics and has a PhD in microbiology. Stuart has previous experience mentoring both trainee teachers and NQT’s. When not teaching Stuart enjoys country walks and has his fingers crossed that shell-suits will one day be back in fashion.

Biology subject tutor for SKE Mike - Biology Tutor

Mike is currently a serving Head of Biology in a prominent UK Grammar school, with his primary focus of study being in Ecology and Animal Behavioral Science. Mike has direct experience and good working knowledge in mentoring both trainee teachers as well as NQT's. He is also involved with the regional Teacher Training Program.


Further responsibilities include both running and overseeing the Duke of Edinburgh Award in his school, along with other after school activities such a science club. Outside of work he is interested in many outdoor activities, such as Archery, camping and hiking. 

Popular biology SKE units at a glance

  • Cells and Specialised Cells
  • Movement of Substances
  • Enzymes in Digestion
  • Respiratory System
  • Circulatory System
  • Reproduction, Variation and Inheritance
  • Excretion and the Kidney
  • Homeostasis in biology
  • Nervous System
  • Immune System
  • Plants
  • Interdependence

Please note that the biology units can be either GCSE biology level, A level biology level or a mixture of both.  The aim of the biology SKE course is to prepare students to teach biology with confidence in the classroom as they train to become biology teachers.

Bring the study of biology to life with our biology SKE course

Biology SKE simulation

Below is an example of one of the many interactive simulations that our learners will have access to as part of their biology SKE.  There are lots of ideas and transferrable resources that our learners can take with them as they start their ITT in biology.  



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