What is Communicating Physics?

Communicating Physics (CP) is an optional 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Undergraduate module and is a prerequisite for the Physics with Science Education degree (which incorporates Qualified Teaching Status into the final year of the BSc or MSci Physics degree). Communicating Physics will count towards a students overall degree classification.

CP students will develop a range of communication and teaching skills and will learn how to develop projects and teaching methods suitable for pupils at school from Year 7 to Year 13.

Students taking CP need to complete 24 hours in a school, this usually converts into a ½ day each week for approximately 8 – 10 weeks during the Spring Term. CP students support physics teaching whilst gaining first-hand experience of the education of young physicists in a school environment. A current list of schools taking part in Communicating Physcis can be found in the 'Partner Schools' link to the right.

What does the course entail?

The students role in the classroom normally begins with with initial observation after which CP students should expect to become more involved. CP students should aim to work with small groups of pupils on specific topics or activities, or in setting up practical experiments. As students gain experience and confidence, they will be expected to plan a number of lessons with which they will be involved. Each CP student will be required to implement a teaching project which should be targeted at a specific physics concept or activity for which there is a perceived need in the school. If at all possible it should be used in the school with a class or a small group of pupils.

When does the course take place?

CP students will be DBS checked during the summer if successfully accepted on to the course (see the above 'how to apply' box for application details). CP students will then attend a training day at the start of Term 1 and make an initial visit to their host school by the end of Term 1. The majority of school visits will take place during Term 2. All CP students will meet with the Course Coordinators 3 times in Term 2 to review progress; twice during tutorials and once during a school visit.

INTERVIEW DATES FOR 2017/18 COHORT

Interviews for 2017/18 cohort have already taken place.

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Physics with Science Education

 

WHAT IS PHYSICS WITH SCIENCE EDUCATION?

Physics with Science Education (PSE) was launched in 2012 and is the first degree of its kind in England and Wales. It combines BSc or MSci Physics with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teacher Training is provided at Imperial by Canterbury Christ Church University, a leading provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). All students in the Physics Department (apart from BSc Physics and Music Performance students) have the option of transferring to PSE at the end of their second year.
 

N.B. The Communicating Physics module is a prerequisite for this course so any interested student must take Communicating Physics in their second year. PSE is a challenging programme; for the BSc, students complete 120 days of teaching practice and study 90% of the BSc Physics degree. For the MSci, students complete 140 days of teaching practice and study 90% of the MSci Physics degree.

PSE Degree

F3XC - BSc Physics with Science Education Breakdown

 
F3XC - BSc Physics with Science Education Breakdown
YEAR% YEAR WEIGHTINGMODULE% MODULE WEIGHTING
 Year One 11.11% Physics Modules 71.66%
    Laboratory and Computing I 15.00%
    Professional Skills I 6.67%
    Project 6.67%
Year Two 33.33% Physics Modules 70.00%
    Laboratory and Computing II 16.67%
    Professional Skills II 3.33%
    Communicating Physics 10.00%
Year Three 55.56% Curriculum Studies I 16.67%
    Curriculum Studies II 16.67%
    Professional Studies 16.67%
    Physics Modules (must include either a project or essay) 20.00%
    Comprehensive Physics and Professional Skills III 30.00%
    120 days of teacher training placements (Pass/Fail)

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BSC Teacher Training Placements Schedule
TIMINGPLACEMENT LENGTHASSOCIATED MODULE
 June - July after Year Two Exams  25 days in School 1  Curriculum Studies I
 July/August before Year Three  10 days on Outreach Summer School  Curriculum Studies I
 September - December Year Three  55 days in School 2  Professional Studies
 June - July after Year Three Exams  30 days in School 2 or 3  Curriculum Studies II
BSc Teacher Training Placements Schedule

F3XD - MSci Physics with Science Education Breakdown

 
F3XD - MSci Physics with Science Education Breakdown
YEAR% YEAR WEIGHTINGMODULE% MODULE WEIGHTING
 Year One 7.69% Physics Modules 71.66%
    Laboratory and Computing I 15.00%
    Professional Skills I 6.67%
    Project 6.67%
 Year Two 23.08% Physics Modules 70.00%
    Laboratory and Computing II 16.67%
    Professional Skills II 3.33%
    Communicating Physics 10.00%
Year Three 30.77% Curriculum Studies I 16.67%
    Curriculum Studies II 16.67%
    Professional Studies 16.67%
    Physics Modules (must include either a project or essay) 20.00%
    Comprehensive Physics and Professional Skills III 30.00%
    110 days of teacher training placements (Pass/Fail) 0.00%
Year Four 38.46% Research Interfaces 13.33%
    MSci Project 36.67%
    Physics Modules 50.00%
    30 days of teacher training placements (Pass/Fail) 0.00%
MSci Teacher Training Placements Schedule
TIMINGPLACEMENT LENGTHASSOCIATED MODULE
 June - July after Year Two Exams 25 days in School 1  Curriculum Studies I
 September - December Year Three 55 days in School 2  Professional Studies
 June - July after Year Three Exams 30 days in School 2  Curriculum Studies II
 June - July after Year Four Exams 30 days in School 2 or 3  Curriculum Studies II
MSci Teacher Training Placements Schedule

Please note there may be some flexibility as to the exact time and length of these placements but you MUST complete a minimum of 140 hours in school to meet the requirements of the MSci degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol onto the Physics with Science Education Degree?

Currently there is no direct enrolment through UCAS for this degree. Any interested students need to take Communicating Physics as an option in their second year. At the end of your second year you will be invited to an interview to transfer onto the PSE degree. Interviews usually take place in the last week of term two.

What degree would I graduate with?

PSE graduates, graduate with BOTH a BSc or MSci in Physics and Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) which can be used as and when you choose.

Will I still graduate with the same physics degree if I transfer onto the PSE degree?

Students on the PSE degree graduate with exactly the same BSc or MSci Physics degree (accredited by the IoP) as all other Physics graduates from Imperial.

Would I have to start teaching immediately after graduation?

There is no obligation for graduates from the PSE degree to teach immediately after graduation (or, in fact, ever).

Does the QTS qualification expire if I do not use it?

No, the QTS qualifiation lasts indefinitely.

When will I find out my final degree result?

Final degree results for the PSE degree are usually released late July/early August.

Contacts

Dr Vijay Tymms
Senior Teaching Fellow (Imperial College London)
Email: v.tymms@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7594 5238

Angela Cunningam

Senior Lecturer in Education (Canterbury Christchurch University based at Imperial College)
Email: angela.cunningham@canterbury.ac.uk

Kayleigh Murphy

Degree Administrator
Email: kayleigh.murphy@imperial.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7594 7510