Physics teacher training options

There are a few 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. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.

Bursary for Physics teaching courses in Scotland

Bursaries are available for career changers who have been employed for at least three of the last five years and have already completed a Physics degree. Get more information about what could be available to you here.

Four-year university courses in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Physics at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

Alternate routes into teaching

These routes offer a little more flexibility in order to encourage diversity in the profession:

  • Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education PGDE Secondary – University of Aberdeen
  • Supported Induction Route (SIR) with a focus on STEM subjects – University of Dundee
  • Combined PGDE with integrated Masters & induction year in Secondary STEM subjects – University of Strathclyde

As the only full-time physics teacher in my school I am busy but I thrive on it and love the challenge. I make sure that I manage my time efficiently in order to work to the best of my ability. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to run my own department at such an early stage of my career. All my colleagues are incredibly supportive, and I know there is always someone there to give me advice when I need it.

Duncan Barclay - Physics Teacher at Inverurie Academy, Aberdeenshire

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