I am thinking of becoming a teacher

Physics teaching is one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers you could consider. More than ever our schools need specialist physics teachers, so we're glad you're considering this rewarding career path.

To be a physics teacher in a UK maintained school you need to have qualified teacher status (QTS). There are various ways to get QTS, either through university-led or school-led training and, if you need to improve your physics knowledge before starting initial teacher training, you can take a subject knowledge enhancement course.

Applications for both routes are made through UCAS. There are two application windows – Apply 1 and Apply 2:

  • Apply 1: select up to three programme choices. We urge applicants to take advantage of the UCAS combined-application system and, if applying for school-led training, to consider applying for the university-led route as well.
  • Apply 2: If you are unsuccessful at Apply 1, you can move to Apply 2 where you make one choice at a time that will be considered by providers sequentially.

Not only do you have a choice on how to train but you also have options on what additional subjects your training will include, such as physics with science and physics with maths.

This information applies to you if you're based in England or the Republic of Ireland. Please see the relevant information if you're based in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland

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