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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3605 Physics in Schools

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Alison Voice

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

Year running 2022/23

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

PHYS3181Group Industrial Project
PHYS3300Extended Project Abroad
PHYS5182MAdvanced Group Industrial Project
PHYS5440MAdvanced Physics in Schools
PHYS9001Year Abroad for MPhys Students

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module gives students the chance to understand and experience what it is like to teach physics in school. By undertaking a placement they can develop skills utilised in the teaching profession. And while not exclusively for students considering a career in teaching, it can help them decide, and advantage them in this career route.

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

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


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

- will 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
Private study hours133.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)148.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportWritten Report on Project50.00
Oral PresentationOral Presentation on Project25.00
Reflective logLearning Log Summary reflecting on experiences25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, but no repeat placement can be guaranteed. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments for this module to pass this module overall.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:38


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