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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.


Study a teaching area in Physics For Secondary Education

As one of the oldest natural sciences dedicated to the study of how the universe works, Physics explains the fundamental mechanisms of the other sciences. When you study Physics as your teaching area, you will gain specialist knowledge in the field, and graduate with the ability to teach senior and junior high school courses.

You will learn how and why physics underpins the technologies that are the focus of engineering and opens up new areas of research. Studying a Physics teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree will develop the basic skills needed to engage students in lessons about relevant scientific concepts. You’ll learn how to design lessons focusing on concepts such as atoms, magnetic fields and energy in shaping your students’ passion for science.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in Physics?

Science is an identified high-demand teaching area in NSW1 and your knowledge and expertise will also open doors in other locations, both in Australia and overseas. Studying physics as one of your core teaching areas will prepare you to teach junior and senior secondary school science courses. You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

You will also enhance your career prospects by specialising in an additional teaching area. Related teaching areas you might be interested in include other sciences such as Biology and Chemistry, as well as Geography, Earth and Environmental Science and Society and Culture.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in studying the principle scientific concepts of space, matter and time.
  • Goals to teach physics and courses in related scientific disciplines to secondary school students.
  • A commitment to engaging young learners in the study of physics by designing interesting and innovative lesson plans.

What do you learn in a Physics teaching area?

Our physics teaching area is designed to prepare graduates to teach senior and junior science courses in high schools. As part of this teaching area you can study courses in:

  • Core Concepts and Theories in Physics: The study of physics is vital to understanding how the world operates. Our introductory courses will introduce you to core concepts and theories in the field. You’ll learn about electromagnetism, optics, the physics of matter and relevant mathematical tools to understand physics at a basic level.
  • Advanced Physics: Students will further develop their understanding of core concepts in second year by studying a variety of specialist courses in physics. You will learn about concepts including special relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, and quantum mechanics. This will encourage students to study physics courses in an area of interest and specialise their teaching area around particular components of the field.
  • Physics Specialties: Building upon your completed courses, you’ll have the option to study advanced courses in your chosen physics stream. You can study lasers, molecular physics, nanoscience, and optical fibre technology among other courses. By the end of your teaching area you will be prepared to teach a variety of topics in high school physics.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in Physics:

1'High-demand teachers', NSW Department of Education

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