Make your application stand out

We are looking for two main things in your application: evidence of your subject knowledge, and evidence that you are committed to a career in teaching.

Tip 1: Tell us why you want to teach

Use the application form to tell us exactly why you want to teach physics and what relevant skills you have. Whether it was down to an inspirational physics teacher at school or a lifelong interest in physics education, we want to know exactly what’s motivating you to start a career in the classroom. We will also ask you about this at the assessment day.

Tip 2: Don’t rush your application

Give sufficient time to fill in your application form. We read your application form eagerly to find out as much as possible about you. It is essential that you answer the questions well, providing all the information requested and within the word limits. Spelling and grammar are also important to help your application.

Tip 3: Get some school experience

It is important to spend some time in a secondary school before you apply for a scholarship. We can help you arrange a school to visit through our School Experience Programme. You will have the opportunity to tell us about your school experience and other relevant experience in your application.

Tip 4: Choose a suitable reference

As part of your application you will be asked to provide the contact details of a suitable referee. The strongest references mention your people skills, suitability to teach and any relevant experience you might have.

If you have graduated in the past three years or are on an SKE course this should be an academic referee (eg a course tutor). Otherwise, they must be a suitable professional individual. Please note we can only take academic references from university or higher education contacts, not high school.

Tip 5: Test your subject knowledge

Make sure your subject knowledge is strong. The Institute of Physics has developed 11 pre-prepared diagnostic tests that you can use to assess your subject knowledge. Take the tests here.

You can use our Supporting Physics Teaching resources to help familiarise yourself with the topics covered in the school curriculum for children aged 11-16. The BBC Bitesize website can also provide you with some help. Furthermore, you could be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course if you think that you need more support.

Tip 6: Prepare for your interview

Practice your interview questions. We will send you some physics questions a few days before the assessment day. We will be assessing your subject knowledge and the clarity of your explanations to these questions in the interview. We want to find out how well you can explain physics to 11- to 18-year-olds. Try using some imaginative descriptions. There will be a flipchart to write on and props are allowed!

Ready to apply? Begin your application

Got any questions about applying for a scholarship? Call us on 020 7470 4959 or email

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