A career as a physics teacher is hugely fulfilling. By sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, you get to show young people how physics is central to everyday life and needn’t be hard to learn. And by training to teach such an important subject, you could be eligible for the highest range of tax-free training bursaries – or a prestigious scholarship from the Institute of Physics if you have a top degree.
Teaching physics is increasingly becoming an attractive career for the most talented people. In fact, the proportion of trainee physics teachers with a 2:1 or better rose by 15 percentage points between 2010 and 2014.
And as more and more talented people choose to make a difference by teaching the subject, it’s also becoming increasingly popular with A level students.
This makes it a great time to train to teach physics. Not only have the financial incentives to train never been better, you could also go on to earn up to £65,000 as a leading practitioner.
Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference to children’s lives, giving everyone the chance to reach their potential in a vital subject.
Subject knowledge enhancement and financial support
Don’t be put off if you think you need to brush up on your knowledge of physics before you start. If the school(s) or university leading your training think you have the right skills to teach the subject but could do with refreshing your know-how, they might ask you to complete a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course to get you ready for your teacher training.
These courses are fully-funded, and you could be eligible for a bursary of up to £7,200 to support you during your SKE course, should you need to take one – your training provider will discuss this with you. Find out more.
And even if your degree isn’t in physics, you may still qualify for a top-end training bursary – so it’s always worthwhile enquiring with your chosen training provider about this. Find out more about physics bursaries and scholarships.
Earn up to£65k*
as a leading practitioner.*Conditions apply
Many trainees take subject knowledge enhancement courses for all kinds of reasons – find out how doing an SKE helped boost Darren's confidence before teaching physics.More about this case study
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One child came up to me at the end of the lesson and said ‘I get it now Miss!’ That's the reason I do this.Emma Maskell, science teacher
- 27 April 2015 AT 08:30
Join us for a day – on any day between 27 April and 1 May – to experience school life and find out more about the School Direct programme.Killingworth Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 08:45
Find out if Secondary School Teaching may be for you. If you think you may want to become a secondary school teacher then join us to find out more. You will have an opportunity to experience the School in action, observe learning in your chosen subject area and talk to current trainees, teachers and learners.Coggeshall Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 15:30
Please drop into this event to discuss how to apply for school direct, how the course is run, funding avaliable, places within local schools. There will be opportunity to talk to course leaders. We are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions.Nottingham Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 16:00
The University of Reading hosts regular Information Meetings to explain School Direct and other routes into Initial Teacher Training.Reading Open