Thinking of becoming a physics 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.
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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 school- and university-led training 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.
Before you read on, these short videos will give you an insight into becoming a physics teacher. Hear what three past IOP scholars have to say.
Alastair – a case study
Whether you are a recent graduate, a postgraduate or thinking of changing your career to one in teaching, we thought you may be interested in reading this case study on Physics World on one of our recent IOP scholars. After many years working in industry our scholar Alastair made the leap from an engineering industry career into the classroom, after completing his initial teacher training (ITT) course.