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Engineers teach physics training programme

Get into Teaching
UK Locations
Scholarships of £29,000 or bursaries of £27,000
Closing date
1 Aug 2023

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The classroom needs you

Continue your engineering career by getting into the classroom and use your skills and passion to inspire the next generation.

We need more physics teachers. Without them children are missing out on the opportunity to develop their understanding of the world around them. Engineers bring a unique and innovative perspective into the physics classroom, helping to explain big things to young minds.

We want to train a diverse range of physics teachers who can pass on their knowledge in exciting and interesting ways to inspire the engineers of the future.

Engineers and physicists help find solutions to some of our biggest problems. From climate change to next generation prosthetics, we need their problem-solving skills and creative thinking to help us survive some of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.

The more great physics teachers we have in the classroom today, the more children will grow up inspired to become the physicists, engineers and physics teachers of tomorrow.


Engineers teach physics training programme

This new programme is based on the physics initial teacher training (ITT) course and has been developed with support from the physics and engineering community. It has been adapted to help you make the transition from engineering or material sciences to teaching physics. The course is designed to capitalise on your experience and empower you with the skills needed to become a great physics teacher.

Your training provider may offer part-time teacher training courses and may also allow you to combine courses, for example Engineers teach physics combined with mathematics.

You'll also be invited to an annual community day and have the opportunity to network with existing physics teachers.

Funding for teaching physics

Scholarships of £29,000 or bursaries of £27,000 are available for trainee physics teachers starting their teacher training course in the 2023/24 academic year.

Find out about your eligibility for bursaries and scholarships.

How we can help you

If you would like more information about the course and application process, you can talk to Get into Teaching and one of our dedicated teacher training advisers. Our advisers provide free support wherever you are in your journey into teaching. Whether it's just an idea, you're ready to apply or you're looking to get back into the classroom, you could get personalised help and advice.  They can help you to:

  • understand more about the course
  • make an application
  • prepare for your interview

To talk to an Adviser - Get an adviser - GOV.UK (

"My engineering degree provided a natural transition to teaching physics and I value the way science - especially physics - teachers a clear thought process and a way to make rational sense of the world"

- Roger, physics teacher

You can search for physics teacher training courses(opens in new window) and then filter by 'Engineers teach physics'.


There aren’t many jobs where you go home each day knowing you have made a real difference to a child’s life. Teachers are encouraged to think of creative ways to engage their students and you’ll be able to use your experience to help bring your subject to life. 

The skills and experiences you’ve gained during your time as an engineer are invaluable. You could have the potential to become an outstanding teacher.

Why you should consider teaching and some information about where to start. 

1. Use your skills and experience 

Being a teacher means being able to use your engineering skills, and share your knowledge, expertise and passion for your subject. 

Think about your existing skills, such as communication, organisation, leadership and management skills, creativity, innovation and the ability to work under pressure that are all transferable to the classroom and highly valued by the teaching profession. 

2. Make a difference and give back to your community 

Teaching allows you to contribute to your community in a meaningful way and is one of the most direct ways to make an impact. 

As a teacher, you’ll have an important part to play in shaping the next generation. You’ll have the opportunity to be a role model, developing your students’ talents, maximising their potential and enabling them to achieve things they never thought they could. 

3. Help and support to apply 

If you want to become a teacher in England, a Teacher Training Adviser can guide you through the process with free one-to-one support. 

Your adviser will help you with: 

  • getting school experience 
  • funding your course 
  • choosing the right training 
  • writing your personal statement 
  • interview tips 

4. Financial support while you train

Financial support to train as a teacher is available for STEM related subjects, including Maths and Physics of up to £29,000 for postgraduate training.

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three: 

  • Tax-free bursary or scholarship
  • Tuition fee loan and maintenance loan
  • Extra financial support if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability  

How the Get into Teaching service can help:

If you would like more information, the Get into Teaching service can help with our free Teacher Training Adviser service – our experienced teachers can provide you with personalised support via phone, email or text to navigate your journey into the classroom. Visit our dedicated page at Engineers teach physics | Get Into Teaching GOV.UK (

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