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. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried) or with Teach First.
Teaching physics is increasingly becoming an attractive career for the most talented people. In fact, many trainee physics teachers have a 2:1 or first.
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, but you could also go on to earn up to £65,000 as a great teacher.
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 funding for training to teach physics.
Get up to£30k
to train as a physics teacher in 2016/17
Earn up to£65k*
as a great teacher*Conditions apply
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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
- 02 May 2016 AT 18:00
A chance to learn about the Ark Teacher Training programme and get application advice.London
- 03 May 2016 AT 08:00
An informal appointment to discuss becoming a teacher through Teach First's Leadership Development Programme (LDP)London Open
- 03 May 2016 AT 16:00
An opportunity to take part in a Twitter Q&A session. We'll be available between 4pm and 6pm to answer any questions you have about training to teach mathematics.Nottingham Open
- 03 May 2016 AT 18:00
Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.Sheffield