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University of Salford

Physics with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: F305

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

Entry requirements


64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics at A-level. Must include A-level Maths and Physics at Grade E. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination. AND Pass in Science Practical

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 1 A Level or equivalent qualification.

QAA approved Science/Engineering access courses considered with UCAS points equivalence of 64 - refer to Admissions Tutor.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 1 A Level or equivalent qualification.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Grade 4 in Physics or Maths at Higher Level for 64 point route

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level maths and Physics 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level maths and Physics 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 1 A Level or equivalent qualification.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM-MM

DM (64 UCAS Tariff points) where BTEC includes a Merit in both mathematics and physics modules. To include subjects of Engineering or Science . MM (72 UCAS Tariff points) from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP-MMP

MPP (64 UCAS Tariff points) where BTEC includes a Merit in both mathematics and physics modules. To include specific subjects of Engineering or Science . MMP (72 UCAS Tariff points) from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level maths and Physics. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

UCAS Tariff

64-72

From a minimum of one full A Level or equivalent. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics at A-level. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physics

**Physics underpins everyday life, from the structure of the universe to the smartphone in your hand. The Physics Foundation Year degree course will advance your physics knowledge and skillset, providing basis for further study and entry on to one of our physics degree courses**.

Physics is at the heart of modern life. By having the knowledge to discover future technological advances and find applications for scientific discoveries, qualified physicist are driving our future. Our professionally-accredited course is structured to provide you with fundamental and specialist knowledge base ready to build a career in teaching, research or industry.

Due to the analytical and problem solving nature of physics, this degree will open up the subject spectrum. You’ll develop an understanding of classical and quantum waves, and properties of matter. You’ll gain advanced knowledge in fields of nuclear and particle physics, Maxwell’s equation and quantum mechanics. You can also choose optional modules in acoustics or nanotechnology.

The Foundation Year provides subject knowledge and academic development, so you are confident and able for study on the BSc (Hons) Physics degree course. Along with a broad introduction to the key physics and mathematics topics, this learning pathway helps you to build effective communication and study skills. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder of your course.

Learning takes places in our Peel Park campus, minutes from bustling Manchester, a thriving hub recently voted the most liveable city in the UK.* Physics can be challenging, so we place great emphasis on small group teaching to make you feel fully supported. You’ll have an immersive experience, taking part in group projects to develop team working, problem solving, and communication and presentation skills.

**Features**
- Gain the mathematics and physics skills ready to progress on to our BSc (Hons) Physics degree

- Expand your knowledge and understanding in quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids

- Build analytical, numerical and computer-based problem-solving skills in Maxwell’s Equations and Wave Optics

- Explore classical dynamics, static and dynamic charges, quantum mechanics, fundamentals of relativity and atomic and nuclear physics

- Learn the importance of mathematics in a quantitative description of physics, using symbolic computing and programming

- Experience computer laboratory sessions to apply numerical methods and techniques frequently encountered in physical and engineering challenges

*The Economist’s Global Liveability Index 2018

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

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.

91%
high
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

100%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£21,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Engineering professionals
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.

Physics

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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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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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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