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Keele University

Astrophysics and Computer Science

UCAS Code: FG54
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

112

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Astronomy
  • Computer science
Student score
93% HIGH
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
84% LOW
99% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k LOW
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBC

A level Physics or Maths at grade B or above. If Maths is presented without A-level Physics, then a grade of C or better in AS-level Physics is also required. If you are not offering AS level Physics then please contact the Admissions Team. A Pass in Science Practical will be required if applicant is taking A level Physics (England)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

DDM - DMM Plus subject specific requirement.

International Baccalaureate
30

Higher Level Physics or Maths at grade 5 or above.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Youâ??ll study an equal balance of astrophysics and computer science subjects, building a core set of highly complementary skills. Thereâ??s a strong emphasis on programming as you learn about software, web development and databases, and youâ??ll explore physics from the subatomic to astronomical scales. Youâ??ll connect your skills together using astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulations to propose answers to complex practical and theoretical questions. Youâ??ll work in our state-of-the-art computer laboratories and Keeleâ??s own on-site observatory. This course benefits from our cutting-edge international research programmes and is accredited by the Institute of Physics. As such it will provide you with the opportunities to pursue postgraduate studies or employment within either Computer Science or Astrophysics.

Modules

Keele University

Student concourse

Known as 'the Bubble', Keele University offers a special student experience as it's uniquely friendly and close-knit. Renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK. The campus is made up of 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes and has a large resident squirrel population!

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 93% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

98%

Feedback on work has been prompt

80%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

90%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
17% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
315 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
57% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 84% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

6%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 every year, you will need a doctorate – so 40% of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market. 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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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

96%

Feedback on work has been helpful

79%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

92%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
345 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
40% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

37%

Graduates who are information technology technicians

14%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade – unemployment rates for graduates with good grades can be half those of graduates with slightly poorer degree classes. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.
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