Physics for non-specialists NY201 / C23

Start date
29 Apr 24
4 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Designed to provide teachers with the knowledge of core concepts at KS3 and KS4. This course is for science teachers who are not physics specialists or those who need to build their confidence in teaching physics. We will cover a wide range of topics, developing the substantive and disciplinary knowledge underlying these. We will also support teachers in challenging both students', and their own, misconceptions in physics.
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Who is it for?

Teachers of science who are not physics specialists, ECTs   

What topics are covered?

During the course we will cover:
  • energy
  • forces
  • motion
  • electricity
  • waves
  • radioactivity
  • physics required practicals
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a four day intensive course over two periods

Who is the course leader?

  • Trevor Plant BSc CPhys MInstP

    I was a physics teacher for the best part of 30 years, and then worked for the Institute of Physics for over 12. There I worked on several...


By the end of this course, you will have:

  • increased understanding of  topics at KS3 and KS4
  • become more confident and competent in the teaching of physics
  • developed an understanding of common students misconceptions and how these can addressed


Physics for non-specialists - day 129 April 202411:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Physics for non-specialists - day 230 April 202409:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
Physics for non-specialists - day 310 June 202411:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Physics for non-specialists - day 411 June 202409:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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