What is Communicating Physics?

Communicating Physics (CP) is an optional 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Undergraduate module. 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.


Interviews for the 2019/20 cohort are scheduled for Tuesday, 25th June 2019.

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.