If you are looking into training to become a physics teacher, you might be wondering how a Physics SKE can help you. The SKE Physics course gives students an exciting route onto Physics ITT, including those that join us with a background of very little previous physics study. Our online physics SKE course maintains students' enthusiasm for physics, develops their interest in physics and helps them to gain the knowledge required to have the confidence to teach physics up to GCSE or A level standard.
The on-demand S.K.E physics presentations offer practical examples of how best to teach the physics as well as developing the students’ own subject knowledge throughout the 8 to 36 weeks of study. The physics SKE course is supported by bi-weekly online lessons. All of our personal and academic tutors within the physics department are practising physics teachers, who take turns to lead the online SKE lessons.
SKE students on our physics programmes are allocated their own personal physics tutor, who is also a subject expert, to guide them through the physics SKE course. They are also available to answer any questions as they work through the physics SKE course. Please take some time to read more about our SKE provision by downloading the following document.
I have worked in a number of secondary schools and the past 3 years, I have been teaching physics full time at a grammar school in Kent. In this time, I have enjoyed mentoring physics PGCE students attending Canterbury Christ Church University and other London based universities offering teacher training in schools along the Thames Estuary.
Physics is a very rewarding subject to teach, especially at A Level. My passion for teaching physics has enabled me to find creative and practical ways to convey key concepts to my students. In addition to teaching, I am the STEM coordinator at my school and regularly organise STEM enrichment days, events and activities.
More recently, I have enjoyed mentoring preITT students studying for their SKE at Eureka Online College, helping them to enhance their physics subject knowledge ready for teacher training.
I enjoyed taking this course and found it immensely useful, not only to refresh my knowledge but also address gaps, some I didn’t even know I had. Which to paraphrase my subject tutor (from my ITT course) ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’. I felt that the course was an excellent way to build upon my existing knowledge and sometimes even addressing misconceptions that can sneak all the way through a degree.
By doing the course it has given me much more confidence with the subject I will be teaching and I feel far more prepared to start my ITT than if I had not done the course. I now feel much more secure with my subject knowledge and more excited about the ways in which I can explain the concepts within the subject.
The course has given me a good taster of the ways that I will be reflecting upon my lessons and the importance of my own development. It has given me a head start on thinking about the kinds of activities and resources that are available to use and I have already started putting together a data bank of resources in preparation for September and my ITT.
Overall I am very pleased I did this course and would advise others, especially those who have not come directly from a university undergraduate or masters course to do an SKE in preparation for initial teacher training.
Since all of our physics SKE courses are tailor made to our students, there are no limits on what can be covered. Below we have listed some of the popular courses that are taken up by our SKE physics students. To arrange to speak with one of our physics tutors, please send your details and question in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Forces and Motion
• Energy Resources and Energy Transfer
• Solids, Liquids and Gases
• Magnetism and Electromagnetism
• Radioactivity and Particles
Advanced Level Physics
• Further Forces and Circular Motion
• Progressive and Stationary Waves
• Oscillations and Simple Harmonic Motion
• Particle Physics
• Electromagnetic Induction
• Nuclear Physics and Radiation
• Physics in Medicine
• Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
• Introduction to General Relativity
A feature of the physics SKE course is that there is signposting to free simulations available online to teachers. By incorporating free teacher resources into the programme of study, SKE students have an early start accumulating their own repertoire of resources that can be used both during and after their ITT which follows.
To support this aspect of the physics SKE course, students are also encouraged to share within the discussion boards resources that they have found through their own research whilst completing a particular physics SKE unit of study.
Please see below an example of this signposting to a resource by Colorado University - Static
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