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Nottingham Trent University

Physics

UCAS Code: F300

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

Entry requirements


104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Physics and Maths grades B and C in any order)

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, including relevant Physics and Maths modules

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or equivalent

104 UCAS tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma including relevant Physics and Maths modules and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

104 UCAS tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and a maximum of three qualification including A-level or equivalent in Physics and Maths grades B and C (in any order)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

including relevant Physics and Maths modules

UCAS Tariff

104

104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Physics and Maths grades B and C in any order)

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Physics

Study the fundamental concepts of undergraduate Physics, as identified by the Institute of Physics (IOP), along with some of the fascinating specialist topics pioneered by our expert staff. You can opt to take a one year work placement in industry, produce an individual project and go on field trips with our active Astronomy and Physics Society to further your knowledge in this subject area.

**Why study Physics at NTU?** We’ve got a great reputation. We’re rated as one of the best UK universities for teaching. At the 2015 Guardian University Awards the judges said that "in terms of teaching excellence it came down to NTU versus NTU!"

+ We get consistently high scores in the National Student Survey. In the most recent survey (2016) 96% of our Physics and Astronomy students say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and 97% say staff are good at explaining things.

+ We have inspiring learning environments. We have a custom-built on-campus observatory recognised by the International Astronomical Union, a radio telescope, a CT scanner, new microscopes, MRI scanners, a scanning tunneling microscope and an ionising radiation laboratory.

+ We provide innovative accredited courses. Our pioneering courses and research are carried out in close collaboration with global partners, giving students skills and knowledge which are highly relevant to industry. Our MSci and BSc physics courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

+ We're delivering research with impact. Physics staff contribute to research in several areas including Superhydrophobic Surfaces, Medical Resonance Imaging, Art Conservation and Space Weather. NTU has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research – the highest national award achievable. Every year we offer 10 paid summer placement places in our research groups, giving students hands-on experience of cutting edge research.

+ We’re one of the top universities for offering placements. Our courses offer placement opportunities in the UK or abroad, giving you real-life experience employers are looking for, recent placements include CERN, E.ON, The Netherlands Forensic Institute and Diamond Light Source.

+ We’ve got an excellent employability record. Over 94% of NTU graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Clifton Campus

Department:

School of Science and Technology

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.

88%
med
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

91%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C
311

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.

Physics

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
92%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
12%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Physical sciences

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

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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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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Graduate field commentary:

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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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