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Physics Specialists

Market intelligence suggests that some physicists would prefer not to teach chemistry and biology. Some physicists also wish to teach physics at Key Stages 4 and 5

In response, new Physics Specialists training programmes will begin in September 2014 enabling you to train to teach just physics (through Physics programmes that do not include chemistry or biology), or mainly physics (through Physics with Maths programmes that do not include chemistry or biology either). The new training programmes will also give you the option to train at A level, and teach A level once qualified.

Training routes
The programmes are delivered through the School Direct and School Direct (Salaried) training routes. The only difference is that the biology and chemistry content usually covered in these programmes isn’t included.

There are many benefits to training through Physics Specialist programmes, including:

  • Becoming a physics specialist, not a science specialist
  • A potential offer of employment from the school once you are qualified
  • The opportunity to train at A level, and teach A level once you are qualified
  • Early and continuing professional development

What’s more, if you choose to take the School Direct non-salaried route you could be entitled to a Government bursary of up to £20,000.

The following schools offer Physics Specialist training starting in September 2014. For more information and to apply, visit UCAS Teacher Training.

  • Altrincham Grammar School For Girls, Altrincham
  • ARK Schools
  • Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Birmingham
  • CTC Kingshurst Academy, Solihull
  • Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar
  • Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, Stourbridge
  • King Edward's Consortium, Birmingham
  • Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
  • South Bromsgrove Community High School, Bromsgrove
  • The Priory School - A Business And Enterprise College, Shrewsbury

If you have any specific questions about the training programmes, please contact the schools directly. For any general enquiries, please e-mail

You are advised to check this page regularly for up to date information as the programmes develop over the coming months.

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