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Become a physics teacher

A physics teacher with pupils
Do you have a passion for physics? If so, you could use your knowledge and enthusiasm to become a physics teacher. You could inspire young people and teach them about the relevance of physics and get them to question where we would be without it today.

Our country needs more good physics teachers. Register with us for tailored information explaining the benefits of becoming a physics teacher and the support available to you before, during and beyond your training.

If you're thinking of teaching physics, consider the support which will typically be available to you, if eligible:

  • If you train to teach physics, you could get up to £25,000 tax-free to support you while you train, which could be a scholarship from the Institute of Physics (IOP) or a bursary.
  • Personalised support through the application process – with a named adviser – with our Premier Plus programme.
  • Great employment prospects on qualification, and a competitive starting salary of at least £22,023 a year (or a minimum of £27,543 if you work in inner London).
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression. Many teachers are in a leadership position within two years – and a great teacher can earn up to £65,000 as a leading practitioner.

If you are a student, or have graduated recently, you might be surprised by just how quickly you can advance to a leadership role – as few as four years is not uncommon, twice as fast as in other graduate careers. There is no better way to pass on your love for the subject and influence future generations than becoming a physics teacher.

If you are considering a career change there has never been a better time to train to teach physics; the financial support offered while you train has never been more generous. And you won't be on your own – typically, around a third of trainee teachers have made the switch into teaching from a different career.

If you think you could be a physics teacher but aren't sure if your academic background qualifies you, call our Teaching Line on freephone 0800 389 2500 for advice. Also, there are opportunities to undertake subject knowledge enhancement courses to polish your skills.

Teacher Charlotte Wilde explains what it's like to teach physics.

For those candidates with the potential to become great physics teachers, the Institute of Physics (IOP) is offering teacher training scholarships worth £25,000. As well as this tax-free financial support, successful scholars will also receive other benefits including IOP membership and early career mentoring. There are a number of application rounds for the year. To apply and to view the full eligibility criteria, visit the IOP website

Extra support

We offer an enhanced support programme, Premier Plus, for people interested in teaching physics. If you're starting your training in the academic year 2015/16, you can receive:

Register today – It only takes a few minutes.

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