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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3600 Physics in Schools

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr A M Voice

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

NOTE: All candidates will be required to complete a Police CRB check to assure their suitability to work in a school environment. Please speak to the Module Leader first if you wish to enrol on this module as places are very limited

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS2025Enterprise into Schools
PHYS3180Group Industrial Project
PHYS3300Extended Project Abroad
PHYS5440MAdvanced Physics in Schools
PHYS9001Year Abroad for MPhys Students

This module is not approved as an Elective


At the end of the module, students should be able to:
- plan and organise a physics-related presentation to or activity with a secondary school science class;
- collate information and create a well-reasoned, final report;
- defend their choice of approach to the teaching of specific concept(s) in physics at school level.

Skills outcomes
Develop teaching materials.
Present material in a way to engage secondary school pupils.
Time management.


We envisage that students taking this module:

- will be placed within a local secondary school/6th form college with a specific remit to help organise Physics activities within the school/6th form college, e.g. through science lessons or science clubs or, if desired to help school teachers establish such clubs.

- will, during their time with pupils in school, organise Physics-based project(s) with the aim of promoting the excitement of Physics in secondary school/6th form college students.

The specifics for each student will be decided in consultation between the student, host school teacher and the academic staff liaison.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Work-based mentoring21.002.00
Private study hours93.00
Total Contact hours7.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation of teaching materials and writing report: 50 hours;
Working in school: 25 hours;
Reflective log and preparation of summary and oral: 14 hours.
There is no reading list for the module- students need to find their own resources.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular progress meetings within the school to be arranged between the student and the school teacher(s).
Regular formal and informal meetings with an Academic supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,000-3,000 written report on project (include all teaching materials)40.00
Oral PresentationTo supervisors and others describing aims, approach, methods, results, conclusions, highlights and shortcomings20.00
Reflective logLearning Log summary -1,000 words, summarising skills developed during module, reflecting on experiences20.00
Teaching SkillsStaff assessment of how well student has succeeded in achieving original aims, and general development during performance of duties20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/04/2014


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