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The University of Southampton
Mathematics and Science Learning Centre

Physics A-level Summer School Teacher Subject Specialism Training
FREE - funded by NCTL

This week-long course builds on the key stage 3 and 4 physics programme running at the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre, University of Southampton in collaboration with a range of partners including Ringwood School/Bransgore C.E. Primary ‎School (SPELL - Southern Partnership for ‎Excellence in Leadership and Learning ‎TSA)‎, The Portsmouth TSA, Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne and Arnewood School. Our physics programme is accredited through the IOP-enabled, community-approved process. 

The course will extend participants’ subject and pedagogical knowledge, giving them the expertise and confidence to move in to teaching A-level physics. Hands-on practical work and discussions of key ideas, practicals and challenges to be faced will feature during the week as well as the opportunity to try out your own micro investigation, and a day outside the laboratory looking at some physics you can encounter in different surroundings.


In order to get the most from this course, you should have a secure foundation in teaching up to GCSE physics and be confident with your maths skills.

DateCourse content
17/07/2017     Discussion of A-level physics teaching and pre course task. Concepts and equations - the BIG picture. Experiment - proportional reasoning. Key practicals: energy and forces.


Teaching mathematical topics. Fermi questions. Key practicals: electricity, fields and waves. Students' misconceptions, how to reveal and correct them.


Open-ended challenges. Key practicals: radioactivity and quantum phenomena. Particle physics activities. Micro-investigations begin.
20/07/2017   'Physics outside the classroom day', including a trip on board Callista, at the National Oceanography Centre.
21/07/2017    Micro-investigations concluded. Teaching styles and classroom organisation. The gender issue, general discussion on the themes of the week.
Callista 2016 images
Click here to take the virtual tour aboard the Callista research vessel


Please email the Centre at with 'Booking for A level physics summer school' as your title. To receive details of similar provision from the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre, visit and leave your details.


Free to state-funded schools and colleges. Funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Cost for 5 day programme £495 (independent schools)


Trevor Plant is an experienced coach and teacher educator who has worked for the Universities of Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton with trainee and practising teachers. He coaches science teachers as part of the Institute of Physics “Stimulating Physics” programme and for two years was the manager of their “Capital Physics” project. This project uses coaching of A-level physics teachers in London schools to improve students’ engagement, understanding and attainment. Trevor taught A-level physics for over 28 years.

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