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.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • High school physics teacher

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

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

Entry requirements

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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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