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Chemistry teacher, wanting to teach physics

Discussion in 'Science' started by hayleyhooker11, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. hayleyhooker11

    hayleyhooker11 New commenter

    Any advice, pathways etc please.

    I’m currently qualified as a chemistry teacher, teaching chemistry to a level and physics and biology to foundation gcse level.

    I’m wanting to do a course to allow me to teach physics to gcse.

    Anyone done this ? Is it a SKE course I need to look into?
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Just get a job in a school without a physics teacher (There are loads of them)!
    rehaank and hayleyhooker11 like this.
  3. oscillator

    oscillator Occasional commenter

    Do you feel you need a subject knowledge enhancement course? There might still be some about... I did one some years ago..
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Institute of Physics website might be a good place to start.
  5. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    I am surprised you haven't already taught physics to GCSE. My degree is biological sciences and I have always taught all 3 sciences to GCSE. Currently doing triple award physics and it really isn't that difficult to get to grips with.
    blazer likes this.
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    My previous school once had three full time PhysicsTeachers - they currently have none.
  7. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    SKEs are for people without a PGCE. All they are really are some primers for GCSE type knowledge. They certainly are not very stretching and being all online you should be quite capable of mugging up similar content yourself.

    I would advise sitting down with the exam paper, examiner report and mark scheme. Go through it with a fine toothcomb and then mug up on the bits where you are not confident. I would also advise becoming an examiner as the drilling of the marking will sharpen your knowledge very well.

    As others have said, Heads will be fine to hire you to teach physics.
  8. particlezoo

    particlezoo New commenter


    I'm a Biologist that teaches A-level Physics, I find the Institute of Physics Teaching Advanced Physics pages is really good. I don't have a Physics degree but was in a school without a physicist. Just go for it!
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    When your school offers Physics as an A level option does it advertise that they don't have a physics specialist on the staff?
  10. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Judging from what some of the students I tutor tell me, many schools should advertise something like: "You will be taught by a succession of supply teachers who may or may not know anything about the subject."
  11. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I teach physics, just learn it and do it, there are no "pathways" or anything, if you are a qualified science teacher, the issue isn't how to you get to teach all the science, it is how do you get not to, if you don't want to! Institure of physics, and physics text books, and past papers, and you are away
  12. particlezoo

    particlezoo New commenter

    It never came up as I do have a certificate of higher education in Physics which I'm currently converting into a degree with the OU.
  13. Newstein

    Newstein New commenter

    1. Get a copy of Advanced Physics For You by Keith Johnson.
    Amazon UK has a used copy for £8.

    2. Read each chapter and answer all questions. Check and re-learn.
    It might take weeks or even months, but it's worth it.

    3. Go to physicsandmathstutor.com , revision, a level physics, choose an exam board, download topics questions and markschemes.

    4. Answer the questions. Mark your work. Clear doubts using your textbook.

    Now you are eligible to teach any higher tier GCSE or IGCSE Physics, even A Level.

    5. Apply for Chemistry & Physics (together) posts.

    Good luck!

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