What is Communicating Physics?

Communicating Physics is an optional 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Undergraduate module. Communicating Physics will count towards a students overall degree classification.

Communicating Physics 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 Communicating Physics 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. Communicating Physics 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 student’s role in the classroom normally begins with initial observation after which Communicating Physics student should expect to become more involved. The role of a Communicating Physics student during their placement can vary depending on the student and the school they are placed in. A student can be expected to work with small groups of pupils on specific topics or activities, set up practical experiments and even plan parts of or a whole lesson and deliver this to the pupils. Every Communicating Physics 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. The project idea should be discussed with and agreed by the host teacher at the school.

When does the course take place?

Communicating Physics students will need to complete a DBS check over the summer, if successfully accepted onto the course (see the above ‘how to apply’ box for application details). At the very latest this needs to be completed at the start of term one before any school visits are made. Communicating Physics students will then attend a training day on the first day of term 1 and make an initial visit to their host school before the end of term 1. The majority of school visits will take place during term 2. All Communicating Physics students will meet with the Course Coordinators three times in Term 2 to review progress, twice during tutorials and once during a school visit. Students will also be asked to complete a progress questionnaire mid-way into their placement to update Course Coordinators on their progress.


Interviews for the 2019/20 cohort have already taken place. If you are interested in taking this course you will need to wait until May 2020 for the 2020/21 application process to begin.

If you are interested in the Communicating Physics course then you will need to complete the application form and submit to Kayleigh Murphy before the deadline.