Physics with TeachingSam Templeton

While completing an assignment at Strathclyde during his last year of school, Sam decided he liked the environment and atmosphere here. After visiting a few other universities and comparing them, Strathclyde was the place for him. Studying with us gave Sam the opportunity to stay at home and keep his normal lifestyle while commuting to study.

So, why Physics with Teaching?

In school I always enjoyed physics despite not always being good at it. I think it's that physics is all around us and can describe everything no matter how big or small. I knew I wanted to do physics so I didn’t want to study other unrelated subjects alongside, which I found from some other universities. The curriculum at Strathclyde is fixed and the main focus is on physics right from the start. Everything you learn is what you need to know as a physicist.

The Department of Physics' reputation for both teaching and research made it an obvious place to study.

How did you choose your course?

I looked at lots of different options and decided pretty quickly that, although I wanted a degree in physics, I didn’t want to work in a lab or research. I've always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others so teaching is a career that has always appealed to me. Completing a degree with a PGDE allows me to go straight into the classroom after graduation.

How did you find the application process?

The application process through UCAS was easy and straightforward. After sending away my application I received an unconditional offer the next day. I accepted! After that the department was great at providing more information. They sent emails about how to register online along with details of the first day of study.

How have you found your course so far?

I've really enjoyed studying physics so far. The modules are interesting, but they do require a lot of studying and hard work! There's nothing better than finally understanding a concept after putting in the effort. I found the most challenging module 'maths', but it focuses on the applications in physics which is useful and necessary.

What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?

Strathclyde is a fantastic place to study. I'd recommend anybody considering it to come and visit. Have a look at other universities and see what they have to offer, but if you do choose Strathclyde you won’t regret it.