Secondary Physics TSST Course

Course Objective

To enhance the physics subject knowledge of non specialist physics teachers at KS4 Foundation/ Higher bridging to KS5, based on the new curriculum.


Running Themes

  • Conceptual Understanding (for example of circuit electricity, forces etc.)
  • Practical approaches to developing understanding
  • Using mathematics and graphs in physics, and problem solving
  • Common misconceptions in physics
  • The new GCSE


Session Topics

  1. Forces
  2. Motion and momentum
  3. Electricity and circuits
  4. Static electricity and magnetism
  5. Thermal energy and the 'new' approach to energy stores and pathways
  6. Using maths in physics
  7. Waves and light
  8. Thinking like physicist
  9. Forces and pressure for triple physics
  10. Radioactivity
  11. Space and the expanding universe


Course Timetable

Date Physics Focus Detail
Friday 4 November Completed registration form returned  

Saturday 5 November

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

  • Issuing of accreditation folders
  • An Effective Reflective Diary
  • Forces
  • What is expected for a candidate to successfully complete the maths accreditation course
  • Common misconceptions
  • Drawing force diagrams
  • Newton's law
  • Calculating resultant forces and components of force
  • Forces on a skydiver 
  • What is 'g'?

Saturday 3 December

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

  • Vectors and Scalars
  • Distance-time and velocity-time graphs
  • Calculating acceleration from graphs
  • v2 = u2 + 2as
  • Momentum

Saturday 14 January

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

  • Movement of charge
  • P.D and rope model
  • Effects of current: thermal, magnetic, chemical
  • Ohm's law: ohmic and non-ohmic resistors
  • Series and parallel circuits and using multimeters

Saturday 28 January

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

Static Electricity and magnetism
  • Using the Van De Graaf generator
  • Electric fields
  • Motor effect
  • Induction
  • Transformers

Saturday 4 March

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

Heat, temperature and energy
  • SHC and latent heat
  • Cooling and heating curves
  • 'new' approach to energy; pathways and stores
  • Infrared and thermal conductivity

Saturday 18 March

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

Using maths in physics
  • Rearranging equations
  • Estimating and order of magnitude calculations
  • Calculator skills
  • Graph skills

Residential Weekender

Friday 31 March to Saturday 1 April

10:00 Friday to 12:00 Saturday

(Lunch, Evening Meal, Accommodation and Breakfast provided)



Waves and light





Thinking like a physicist



Additional forces for triple science

  • Longitudinal and transverse waves
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Lenses, ray diagrams and the telescopes
  • Black body radiation
  • What is a filter and how colour works


  • What are the common themes throughout physics and how can they help us as teachers?
  • 20 quick conceptual experiments


  • Hooke's law
  • Fluid pressure
  • Circular motion
  • Moments

Saturday 13 May

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

  • Atomic structure and ionisation
  • Measuring radioactivity
  • Ionisation and penetration
  • Difference between irradiation and radioactivity
  • Radioactivity decay and half life
  • Fission and fusion, inc. nuclear power stations
  • Balancing nuclear equations

Saturday 17 June

09:00 - 12:00

(Refreshments provided)

Space and the expanding universe
  • Spectral lines
  • Big bang theory
  • Solar system
  • Red shift
  • Stellar evolution


Course Timetable Download


The Accreditation Folder

  • Reflective Diary - Observations and evaluation from lessons, conversations with pupils other teachers, observations, dept meetings , other CPD, reporting or exam marking. The reflective diary should be reviewed at some point during the course.
  • Observation feedback - Keep copies of any formal and informal observations you have received or given.
  • Mentor/Department Meetings - Include minutes with your mentor and/or department.
  • Diagnostic - Use of diagnostic testing to monitor development of understanding of the fundamental concepts.
  • Student Voice - At the beginning and the end of the course take feedback from your students on the content and style of your delivery of maths.
  • Pen Pic - At the end of the course write a short A4 sized pen pic explaining your personal maths and teaching journey throughout the course.
  • NCETM Evaluation - Evaluate learning at the end of the course.

Those that complete at least 70% attendance and can evidence within their folder the 7 key criteria and tasks above will receive their accreditation certificate.

All materials used by the trainers throughout the course will be available online to all participants.

The course will be externally moderated by the Department of Education and the Farlingaye and Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance.

For the residential weekender a more detailed schedule will be issued nearer the time.


Registration Form

To register for the course please download the below form and send back as requested on the form.

Secondary Physics TSST Registration form


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