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Physics (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

Physics

**Course overview**
- If you’re interested in solving problems and finding out how things work, then our Physics Foundation Entry degree is a stepping stone to our Physics degrees.

- 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.

- The Foundation Year is the same for all physics and astrophysics students. Small classes are kept small, so you’ll benefit from lots of support.

**Why study with us**
- You’ll study three physics modules (60 credits) and four mathematics modules (60 credits), which will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of classical and quantum physics.

- You’ll also gain the mathematical ability to express those ideas alongside laboratory experience to perform real physics experiments.

- Successful completion of the Foundation Year can lead to any of the full BSc (Hons)/MPhys Physics or Astrophysics degrees.

**Further information**
If you are planning a career in scientific research, we would strongly recommend you consider the year longer MPhys (Hons) qualification.

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, Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics, Ordinary Differential Equations, Scientific Computing. Optional modules; Vector Calculus, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics, Measurement, Instrumentation, LabVIEW, and Interfacing

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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.

72%
low
Physics

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.

Physics

Teaching and learning

56%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
39%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

56%
Library resources
56%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
25%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
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 science

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.

£19,000
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

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Protective service occupations

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

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