Physics

Physics is a core subject in Scotland’s schools and some of the UK’s top physics graduates choose a career in teaching.

What’s involved?

Every school needs good physics teachers and it’s an increasingly popular subject with pupils. The best physics teachers make complex ideas accessible. Your training will help you to plan practical experiments and teaching strategies that make the world of physics exciting and interesting for your pupils. With your enthusiasm for your subject, you’ll be able to clearly demonstrate how physics has a key role to play in our everyday lives.

Physics teacher training options

There are two routes into teaching physics. You can study a four year combined degree in education and physics, or take a one-year diploma course following your undergraduate degree in physics.

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Stuart Law – Physics and Science Teacher at Douglas Academy

“I graduated with a degree in engineering, and was working in sports development and then in sales. I really wanted to challenge myself in an interesting and varied career and I thought ‘what about teaching?’. You need to keep on top of developments and the curriculum, and you’re challenged every day by the great questions young people ask. The job does have its difficulties, like being super organised and keeping on top of work. But it’s ultimately great fun, really interesting and very rewarding whenever you see some of the pupils having a light bulb moment like the great scientists before them once did. Teaching a STEM subject is a great career and I love almost every minute of it.”

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