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Training to teach physics
Now is a great time to train to teach physics. It’s becoming increasingly popular with students and as one of the core subjects of the curriculum schools need talented physics teachers, so you’ll be in demand. To encourage the best physics teachers to apply – you could be eligible for a generous training bursary of £26,000 or a prestigious £28,000 scholarship. As a physics teacher, you could benefit from the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme. There’s even plenty of support available before you apply, you’ll receive free tailored advice from a dedicated teaching expert, who will answer all your teaching-related questions and help you throughout your application – when you register with us.
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.
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.
At the end of successfully completing teacher training, you’ll gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England. Additionally, all university-led courses will offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), and so do most school-led courses - you can check if a course provides a PGCE on UCAS Teacher Training.
Once you’ve qualified, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £22,917, or £28,660 in inner London. As your career progresses, so will your salary – in fact, teachers in leadership roles earn on average £57,500, with many earning significantly more. Additionally, teaching offers access to a wealth of other benefits – from a generous pension to enjoying the flexibility of school holidays, up to 13 weeks, which are unique to the profession.
Enhance your subject knowledge
In the academic year 2016/17, over a third of trainees in eligible subjects completed additional subject training to enable them to start teacher training. 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 – find out more.
95% of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role within six months of completing their training
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