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Astrophysics (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS Points including 32 points from A2 or AS Maths and Physics

AS Maths or AS Physics at grade C accepted to meet subject requirements only. We do not accept UCAS points gained from AS grades

64 UCAS points including Maths or Physics credits at Level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication. GCSE Maths grade A/7 accepted in place of Maths/Physics study at level 3.

Pass IB Diploma including 62 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including 32 points from Higher Level or Standard Level Maths and Physics

64 UCAS points including 32 points from Maths and Physics

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

Applicants must be following the Physical Science Pathway, alongside evidence of mathematical skills, such as AS Maths

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Applicants must be following the Physical Science Pathway, alongside evidence of mathematical skills, such as AS Maths

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

BTEC applicants must be following the Physical Science Pathway, alongside evidence of mathematical skills, such as AS Maths

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

BTEC applicants must be following the Physical Science Pathway, alongside evidence of mathematical skills, such as AS Maths

64 UCAS points including 32 points from Maths and Physics

UCAS Tariff

64

including 32 points from A2 or AS Maths and Physics

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Astrophysics

**Course Overview**

- Do you ever wonder how our universe came to be? Our Astrophysics Foundation Entry degree course will help you find the answers and lead to a rewarding career in this field.

- You’ll gain an understanding of how to apply physics to the stars and galaxies which make up our universe, whilst developing skills in scientific methods.

- Through our well-resourced observatory and laboratory facilities, you’ll develop a sophisticated practical and theoretical knowledge base during your BSc (Hons) Astrophysics course.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s a great stepping stone to a full degree.

**Why study with us**

- You’ll also develop your mathematical skills, and benefit from a state-of-the art learning environment for practical analysis, interpretation and modelling of astronomical data.

- You’ll gain excellent observational, mathematical and logical skills as well as problem-solving abilities.

- You’ll benefit from the expertise of staff who have a national or international research reputation, as assessed by the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).

**Further Information**

- All the BSc (Hons)/MPhys courses have common induction modules, with the opportunity to choose your specialisation on completion: Physics, Applied Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, or Astrophysics.

- You can choose if you want to continue on to the MPhys route and, if you’re planning a career in scientific research, we strongly recommend the MPhys qualification.

- The MPhys individual project provides an introduction to research and lasts a whole semester in the final year. This takes the place of the normal BSc project and you can study abroad within a collaborating research group (such as Florence, Italy, South Africa or NASA).

- The master’s MPhys course gives you the chance to study to a greater depth than is possible on the Bachelors course, and takes an extra year to complete. You enrol onto the MPhys course in the first instance and you can then decide between BSc (Hons) and MPhys, taking into account your achievements and career aspirations. After your foundation year you’ll study six modules per year, making a total of 18 modules for the BSc and 24 modules for the MPhys.

- Building on our long history of Astrophysics studies, the University’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy was established in 1993, and pursues research into the physics of stars, galaxies and the universe. We’re involved in a number of international collaborations, including being the leading member of the United Kingdom Southern African Large Telescope Consortium. We host the UK hub for data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Staff are also involved in our world-leading Astronomy by Distance Learning programme, delivered under our Study Astronomy brand.

Modules

Year 1: Foundations of Applied Physics, Motion, Forces, and Force Fields, The Road to Quantum Mechanics, Foundation Mathematics 1, Foundation Mathematics 2, Foundation Mathematics 3, Foundation Mathematics 4

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Introduction to Physics, Introduction to Laboratory Physics (including the “Physics Challenge”), Introduction to Astronomy, Introduction to Mechanics, Applied Physics and Linear Systems, Functions, Vectors, and Calculus.

Year 3: Compulsory modules, Electromagnetism and Waves, Thermal and Quantum Physics, Astrophysics II, Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics, Ordinary Differential Equations. Optional modules; Scientific Computing, Vector Calculus, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics.

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars, Relativity and Cosmology, Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics, Project. Optional modules; Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Condensed Matter (Solid State and Soft Matter), Fluid Dynamics, Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,000
per year
England
£6,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Natural Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

96%
high
Astrophysics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Astronomy

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
43%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
76%
low
Employed or in further education
42%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Protective service occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer - often overseas - every year, you will need a doctorate — so at least a third of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market - their good technical, data and maths skills taking them into IT and business especially. However, if you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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