Foundation Entry Year

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the fundamentals of classical and quantum physics, the mathematical ability to express those ideas, and the laboratory experience necessary to perform real physics experiments. A strong understanding of these essentials will allow you to progress on to any of our BSc (Hons)/ MPhys Physics or Astrophysics degrees. You’ll be taught by members of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, a diverse and international community of scientists committed to excellence in teaching and research. This teaching combined with practical experience will prepare you for a variety of careers. 

For detailed information about studying this course at the University of Central Lancashire, please see the course specification and course handbook for your year of entry: 2016.

Please Note: For details on possible changes to courses, please see our Important Information

Foundation Year Modules

  • 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

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Additional Guidelines

Entry requirements are flexible. However, applicants are expected to demonstrate an aptitude and interest in physics, engineering, astrophysics, or the physical sciences.

Preferably, candidates are expected to:

  • Possess in excess of 200 UCAS points (see below) and have 5 GCSE's at Grade C including Science, Maths and English or equivalent.
  • Be able to demonstrate an aptitude/experience of maths post-GCSE/Level 2 (see below).  

Guidelines for UCAS candidates


  • For A-Level students we expect that Physics and/or Mathematics AS/A2-Levels will be part of the normal UCAS Tariff.


  • For BTEC students your main subject must be in a STEM related field (Applied Science, Engineering, etc.).
  • We recommend that you take the optional maths units if they are offered.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to talk to their tutors about ways of boosting their mathematical experience.

Access to HE:

  • Candidates who have taken an Access to HE Diploma should have taken the Science pathway with at least 60 credits overall. With at least 9 credits of Mathematics included in that Diploma structure.
  • Additionally, candidates are strongly advised to take as many Physics and Engineering units at Level 3 as possible.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to talk to their tutors about ways of boosting their mathematical experience.  

Demonstrating mathematical aptitude  

All prior study in the Physical Sciences/Engineering will be considered as part of the application. Nevertheless, all candidates should possess some demonstrable post-GCSE/Level 2 mathematical experience. This can be either:  

  1. The maths content of an A-Level/BTEC/Access course (see above).
  2. A separate qualification, e.g. a free standing post-GCSE/Level 2 Maths qualification or a module from a larger programme.
  3. A career in a technical field related to Physics, Engineering, or an equivalent STEM subject.

Please contact our admissions tutors to discuss options 2 and 3 above as these are handled on a case-by-case basis.  

If applicants have not demonstrated clear enough evidence of Mathematical ability we will likely invite them to an Entrance Examination to give the opportunity to prove their level of skill and knowledge.