This program is designed for qualified science and mathematics teachers who seek a qualification to teach physics. The courses are entirely online. Each course in this program is designed to be taken sequentially at a rate of one per term, allowing you to continue your work as a teacher while studying. The courses will cover a general introduction to physics as well as specific branches of the discipline: mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics and modern physics, enabling you to be confident in your ability to teach physics, explain core concepts and present interesting contexts for applications of the science.

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Why choose this degree?

The Graduate Certificate in Physics for Science Teachers will prepare you to teach physics with flair, understand the core concepts and know how to make it exciting and relevant to your students.

Who should choose this degree?

Working science and mathematics teachers choose this program to upskill and increase their knowledge and aptitude in physics.

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Career opportunities

  • High school physics teacher

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

On completion of this degree you will be able to apply for accreditation with NESA to teach physics.

Entry requirements

Applications are made through UNSW Apply Online. Students must be an accredited teacher with an Australian State Department of Education and have completed one of the following:

Bachelor of Education in Secondary Science (or equivalent); or Bachelor of Education in Secondary Mathematics (or equivalent); or Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Education (or equivalent); or Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching (or equivalent). Students should have a completed a science major in an area other than physics.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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