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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3605 Physics in Schools

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr A M Voice

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

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

NOTE: All candidates will be required to complete a Police DBS 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
PHYS3181Group Industrial Project
PHYS3300Extended Project Abroad
PHYS5440MAdvanced Physics in Schools
PHYS9001Year Abroad for MPhys Students

Module replaces

PHYS3600 Physics in Schools

This module is not approved as a discovery module


1. Plan and deliver physics related educational activities for secondary school pupils. REPORT
2. Identify any problems as they occur and describe the solutions found. REPORT/LOG
3. Articulate the skills they have developed via the placement in the context of current issues within secondary education. LOG
4. Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. REPORT / ORAL
5. Manage the running of their own placement, negotiating with university staff and school teachers to accommodate the requirements of all stakeholders. LOG/ TEACHER

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module, students should be able to:
- plan and organise a physics-related activity with a secondary school;
- collate information and create a well-reasoned, final report;

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.

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 hours143.00
Total Contact hours7.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparation of teaching materials and writing report: 70 hours;
Working in school: 30 hours;
Reflective log and preparation of summary and oral: 43 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: 16/03/2017


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