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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

91%

Subjects
  • Physics
Student score
87% MED
% employed or in further study
87% LOW
Average graduate salary
£22k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB including Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Grades AABBB at Higher Level including Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

DDM plus grade B at A-Level in Mathematics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

91%

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

£9,000

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

This is for you if you wish to study the most fundamental of the sciences. Physics is concerned with the study of matter and energy on all scales from the sub-atomic to the size of the observable Universe. As a Physics student you will acquire an appreciation of the scope and impact of modern physics and the use of mathematics, computing and experimentation to solve important real-world problems. We are a top 5 Physics department (2016 Guardian League Table) and our degrees are accredited by the UK Institute of Physics (IOP). The breadth of content and the quality of teaching in all of our degrees reflects the wide-ranging research excellence in the Department. No matter where your interests lie, you will be taught by international experts. Our excellent staff-student ratio (among the best in the UK) means you will benefit from lots of small-group teaching, regular feedback and support â?? including weekly tutorials, problem classes, and research projects in every year. Our flexible courses allow you to select options and projects from a broad range, or to specialise in astrophysics or space science and technology. You can mix and match modules from different specialities to suit your interests and career aspirations. The Department has an outstanding track record of graduate employment. We have strong links with world leading companies in industry, business and scientific research, and you will have the opportunity to enhance your CV by working on an optional ten week research project with one of our industrial partners. You can also add to your experience and achievements by mentoring students in local schools, spending time abroad at one of our partner universities, or working on one of our student led projects outside of the curriculum.

Modules

First Year: You will study core topics in physics and mathematics including atoms and quanta, light and matter, and electricity and magnetism. Second Year: The core programme builds upon the First Year foundations and includes relativity and particles, waves and fields, condensed matter physics and electromagnetism. Third Year: Core topics include quantum physics, atoms and nuclei, radiation and matter and plasma physics. A semester-long pair project provides you with research experience in a subject of your choice.

University of Leicester

Fielding Johnson Building

Leicester boasts so many attributes it is impossible to list them all, but students choose to study here because Leicester feels like home the moment you set foot on campus. Our Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree where you can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Our Students' Union is home to the O2 Academy Leicester bringing great bands and club nights to our building! 
 

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

30%
70%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
52%
48%

Year 1

35%
63%
2%

Year 2

52%
48%

Year 3

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 93%
Student score 87% MED
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

77%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

93%

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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
31% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
364 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% 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 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £22k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. 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. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
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