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Durham University

Department of Physics

PHYS3611 Physics into Schools (2012/13)

Details of the module's prerequisites, learning outcomes, assessment and contact hours are given in the official module description in the Faculty Handbook - follow the link above.  A detailed description of the module's content is given below, together with book lists and a link to the current library catalogue entries.  For an explanation of the library's categorisation system see


Initial training course 

Dr P.J. Edwards

One full day in June prior to the start of the academic year

Syllabus: An introduction to working in schools and with pupils. Completion of initial paperwork for CRB check.


Dr P.J. Edwards and others

4 lectures in Michaelmas Term

Syllabus: Teaching and learning skills, generic transferable skills, presentation skills.  Links to scenarios that are likely to arise in the school placement.


Dr P.J. Edwards

6 tutorials in Michaelmas Term

Syllabus: Opportunity for students to share their experiences and to discuss specific issues in Physics education and the public perception of science.

School placement

40 hours in Epiphany Term

Syllabus: Classroom observation and assistance, teaching assistance, whole class teaching, university awareness, Special Project, extra-curricular projects.