Professional Development and Resources for Teachers

Professional Development Courses - Face to Face

The School of Physics runs face to face professional learning courses, some of which may be NESA accredited. Courses can be found on our Eventbrite page and are also advertised in Beacon, a newsletter from UNSW Science for teachers.

Professional Development Courses - Online

UNSW Science has developed a number of online professional development modules, some of which may be NESA accredited. These can be accessed on OpenLearning for UNSW Science.

Retraining as a Physics Teacher - Physics for Teachers (Graduate Certificate)

If you are a science teacher who would like to become qualified to teach physics, there is an online award course run by the School of Physics called the Graduate Certificate in Physics for Science Teachers. In this course, you will learn about the concepts that are covered in high school physics as well as developing a deeper understanding for yourself so that you can be confident in explaining and contextualising physics ideas for your students.

Recent Research in Physics Education

Physics Education Research for Evidence Centred Teaching (PERfECT) at UNSW is an education research and teaching group at the University of New South Wales. Its focus is on improving physics teaching practices in Australia and conducting research on effective teaching methods for Australian and international students.

Visit its website to view recent research by the group and from others into the teaching and learning of physics.

Depth Study Resources

UNSW Science has developed a range of depth study ideas that you can implement in your classes. They can also be accessed on OpenLearning for UNSW Science.

To receive the access codes for any of these physics depth study resources, please email your NESA accreditation number (or the ID number issued to you by the teacher accreditation authority in your state) to (this is because access to these resources is restricted to teachers). You can also email this address if you would like further information about anything on this page.

Other Resources

Guide to Processing and Analysing Data for Stage 6 Physics (PDF, 2.0MB) - The First Year Unit at the School of Physics has developed a guide for processing and analysing data for the NSW Stage 6 Physics course. It is a guide that links the sorts of skills that are taught at a university level to those in high school. Consider the skill level and learning requirements of your students when using this guide.

Physics Skills in Experimentation - Activity Book (PDF, 1.4MB) - A book of activities that teachers may use with their students to help them develop their data skills and experimental skills.

A Primer on Vectors - Activity Book (PDF - 1.2MB) - An introduction for high school physics students about the properties of vectors and how to work with them.

Beacon - Maths and Science Newsletter - Sign-up for The Beacon - UNSW Science's Maths & Science Newsletter aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, careers advisors, and anyone who is interested in receiving the latest Science and Mathematics research and industry news, events, info about new degrees and changes, and more.