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BSc (Hons)

Physics (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

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.

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

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.
  • Physics and Astronomy is ranked 2nd in the North West for research intensity (CUG, 2022). Research intensity is a measure of the amount of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

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What you’ll do

  • Graduates of physics and astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world, particularly in technical and business sectors.
  • The staff who deliver the courses are members of the School’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute and many hold PhDs and are active and renowned researchers.
  • During our BSc (Hons)/MPhys Physics or Astrophysics degree courses you’ll get to use specialist physics laboratories, developing your skills to be able to experiment using research equipment, and you’ll have the opportunity to use the University’s Alston Observatory during your course.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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  • This course is accredited by the IOP, the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. On completion of this course graduates can progress towards Chartered Physicist (Phys) status.

Future careers

Our Physics Foundation Entry course leads to employment in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories.

Many of our BSc (Hons) graduates go on to further study, such as MSc degrees in physics and engineering.

Some choose to train in teaching (PGCE), or to find work in industry or government laboratories. You could also work in financial institutions, or become a scientific journalist.

Fees and Funding

First year£5500 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£6000 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£10000 for the first year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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