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Training to teach physics

As one of the core subjects of the curriculum, schools need talented physics teachers. A career as a physics teacher is hugely fulfilling. By sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, you’ll show young people how physics is central to everyday life and needn’t be hard to learn.

Now is a great time to train to teach physics. It’s becoming increasingly popular with students and great physics teachers are in demand. You’ll be working alongside the most talented people in teaching - many trainee physics teachers have a 2:1 or first. 

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £22,244, or £27,819 in inner London. With lots of opportunities for rapid career progression and pay increases, you could earn up to £65,000 as a great teacher.

Your training will focus on how you can make the subject accessible, whether you’re leading practical experiments in electricity or introducing atomic structures. You’ll be introduced to a range of teaching strategies, ensuring confidence in delivering lessons that are exciting and accessible. As a result, you’ll finish training with a solid understanding of teaching physics.  

Support available

You could benefit from a tax-free training bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 while you train. Alternatively, you could earn a salary if you train on a School Direct (salaried) course or with Teach First.

If you don’t have a physics degree, or need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training.

There’s plenty of support in place to help you apply. With a 2:2 degree or higher, you could be eligible for our free Premier Plus service. This will give you access to tailored advice from a teaching professional throughout the application process.

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