Physics B.Sc., Vocational School Teacher


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
School Type:
Vocational School
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies. A Bachelor in Teacher Training encompasses 180 ECTS, which are distributed over both subjects, pedagogical studies, and the Bachelor thesis.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines


The Bachelor teacher training course of study in physics at RWTH Aachen aims at a grounded, physical education for students. Lectures and tutorials in experimental and theoretical physics are supplemented through physical internships, in which students conduct independent experiments.

A high number of physics courses are specifically offered to teacher training students.The later requirements of a teaching career are given particular consideration in these courses. The technical education is rounded out by introductory courses into physics pedagogy, which deal with the basics of teaching and learning physics.

Physics as a university subject particularly differs from physics as a school subject, in that technical systematics are very important. The theoretical concepts of physics are more important compared to physics in school. As a result, mathematics is an important tool in physics.


Degree Content

The basics to acquire a solid knowledge in physics are taught in "Experimental Physics" in semesters one through three and in the fifth semester. The topic areas encompass mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, special relativity theory, optics, and quantum physics. Basic mathematical methods are presented in the first two semesters, in the lectures "Mathematical Methods in Physics for Teacher Training Students I and II".

In the fourth and fifth semesters, the course "Theoretical Physics for Teacher Training Students" provides an overview of the theoretical concepts and structures of physics, so that a number of physics problems can be explained using a few basic principles and solved with the help of mathematic formulas.

In the second, third, and sixth semesters, experimental skills are taught in practical physics lab courses, which are equally important for physics and teaching physics.

Building on constructivist learning theories, important concepts and aspects of teaching and learning physics for budding physics teachers are addressed in three introductory courses on teaching methodology.

Study Abroad

The Faculty has several international partner universities with which it has well-established teaching and research collaborations via exchange programs such as ERASMUS+. An overview of all RWTH Aachen exchange programs can be found at MoveON: Overview of Exchange Options. The Study Abroad Advising of the Faculty (de) or the Departmental Advisors provide information on the feasibility of stays abroad.


Combination Possibilities

Training for vocational school teachers includes studying two subjects. In course of study Model I, both subjects are equally studied. In course of study Model II, one of the subjects is studied in a broader scope.
Detailed information on both course of study models

The subject Physics is an instructional subject and only offers combination possibilities in course of study Model I:

  • Balanced combination of the instructional subjects: biology, chemistry, German, English, Catholic religious education, mathematics. A combination with the subjects political science and economics/political science is not possible.
  • Balanced combination with the vocational subjects: electrical engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, textile technology, and economics.

Physics Information Day

  1. The Institutes of Physics provide information about the physics course of study at RWTH during multiple Information Days (de) each year.

Decision Aids

Should I become a teacher? Do I want to work as a teacher? If you are asking yourself these questions, there are a few services to help you get to know yourself:

RWTH Aachen Self Assessment
All About Teacher Training
Career Counseling for Teachers
Fit für den Lehrerberuf



Personal Prerequisites

Mathematics is a tool for physics. Therefore, we recommend the subject combination physics and mathematics. Die Mathematik ist das Werkzeug der Physik. It is imperative to acquire mathematic skills, if you choose another subject combination. Please talk this over with academic advising! RWTH Aachen offers a mathematics bridge course and "Mathematic Methods in Physics" as part of its bridge course program in order to intensify and complete your knowledge. The Department of Physics' Information Days provide you with a glance at the demands of studying physics.

Enrollment Prerequisite

The RWTH Aachen "Lehramt" Self Assessment is an enrollment prerequisite for this course of study. You will need to submit your participation certificate when you enroll, but not in order to apply.


Career Prospects

You can find information from the NRW Ministry of Schools about the career prospects for various fields of teaching through 2039/2040 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia (de).


Master's Degree Prospects

After successfully completing the Bachelor degree, you can continue with the Master of Education (4 semesters). With this degree, you can start your teaching practice (This phase used to be called "Refendariat" instead of "Vorbereitungsdienst".)

Since your Bachelor degree opens up various futher education possibilities, you can - depending on your subject combination - persue other Master's programs. The respective exam board will decide whether or not you are qualified for a Master's that is not in the field of education.


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Examination Regulations

Exam regulations regulate academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

General Regulations: Comprehensive Exam Regulations of RWTH Aachen Bachelor Teaching Training for Gymnasien, Gesamtschulen, and Berufskollegs

Special Regulations: Subject Specific Exam Regulations (de) (The current version applies to all first year students.)



Studies in Physics are offered by the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.