Institute of Physics

As a leading scientific membership society, one of our core aims is to secure a flourishing future for physics.

We want exceptional physics and engineering graduates in the classroom, developing the next generation of physicists and engineers. We're even offering £28,000 tax-free scholarships and school experience placements to help you get there.

No single day in the classroom is the same. You will be required to think on your feet and use your creativity to address new challenges and answer unique questions. You will help your students to better understand the world around them, and give them the knowledge and confidence to pursue physics to A-level and beyond.

Although you will need to be resilient and patient, and have excellent communication skills, you will be supported throughout your training as you discover what it takes to become an inspirational teacher.

Teaching physics is a rewarding and stimulating career - not only will you make the most of the skills and knowledge you have acquired from your degree, but your career options will be varied. You could move up to gain responsibility of the physics department, or become head of year. There are also opportunities beyond the classroom, like setting up a STEM club or coaching a sports team.

What’s it like to be a physics teacher?

“Although I’ve done some exciting things after education, in the workplace and around the world, I don’t think these experiences compare to the buzz of a learning environment in schools” - Matthew

“I think the thing that I enjoy most about teaching is being able to have conversations about how the world works with young people.” - Dan

“I really enjoy thinking of creative ways to demonstrate complex ideas and feel that teaching provides a great opportunity to do this on a daily basis.” - Amy

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