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University of Central Lancashire

Physics with Astrophysics (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: F136

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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 | 2021

Subjects

Physics

Astrophysics

**Course overview**
- Our Physics with Astrophysics Foundation Entry degree course keeps your options open in this fascinating area of study. You’ll cover everything from quantum physics to the formation of the universe.

- 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. You’ll also gain skills that are invaluable for many career routes.

**Why study with us**
- You’ll improve your mathematical skills, backed up by practical laboratory experience.

- You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, and the stars and galaxies that make up the universe.

- In addition, you’ll become highly proficient at problem-solving and solving challenges through creative thinking.

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; Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Relativity and Cosmology, Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics, Project. Optional modules; Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars, 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
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Natural Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

63%
low
Physics
86%
med
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.

Physics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
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

81%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Astronomy

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

88%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
26%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physics and astronomy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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