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Are you an engineer thinking of becoming a physics teacher?

As someone with a background in engineering you’re in a unique position to share your practical perspective to teach and inspire the next generation of engineers and physicists.


The satisfaction that comes with teaching is hard to beat. But that’s not all. Job security and a desire to help the next generation are just some of the reasons why engineers make the move into teaching.

A hands-on career

Are you an engineering graduate or professional considering a career in the hands-on profession of teaching physics?

Teaching physics is doing physics. It's a practical career choice allowing you to explore the wonder of physics every day.

We, with the support of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), recognise the value that engineers can bring to the classroom.

Whether you recently graduated or are thinking of changing careers, there’s a path for you into teaching physics.

Physics teacher training courses

Teacher and students at university lecture.

University-led teacher training

You can choose to study at university to gain your QTS as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education / Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Find out about university-led teacher training
Teacher and pupil at a desk.

School-led teacher training

School-led teacher training is delivered by school partnerships and enables you to train on the job.

You can train to teach via several school-based training courses:

  • School Direct
  • School Direct (salaried)
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training 
  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (salaried)
  • other teaching programmes: Now Teach, Researchers in Schools and Teach First
Find out about school-led teacher training
Young woman on colour doing physics experiment.

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses

Do you have some physics knowledge but feel is needs improving before starting your teacher training? Or would you like to change career and have a degree in a different background such as engineering? If so, taking an SKE course could be just what you need.

Find out more about SKE courses

Funding and finance

There is a shortage of physics teachers, so trainees are fortunate enough to benefit from some of the most generous funding packages:

Further information

If you need any further information, contact teach@iop.org.