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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physics
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
89% LOW
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

A-levels must include Mathematics. The A-level in 'Use of Mathematics' is not acceptable as meeting this requirement. Physics A-level is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis without it. You should have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Highers must include Mathematics, with at least grade B in each. You will also need Advanced Highers in Mathematics (with grade B). Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will also need A-level in Mathematics (with at least grade B). Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis. You should have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International Baccalaureate

This score should be from the full IB Diploma. IB Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 5. Higher level Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis with only standard level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 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


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


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

At Sussex, you learn from experts working at the forefront of Physics, from developing next generation quantum technology devices, to the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. This means you study modules based on the latest research, from quantum mechanics to particle physics, as well as exploring the fundamental laws of physics. And to support your career development, you work in modern labs to develop advanced computer programming skills and learn sophisticated experimental techniques.


See the modules you will study by year by going to the 'view course details' link.

University of Sussex

Sussex in spring

Sussex is a small campus uni set in the beautiful South Downs, right on the doorstep of the vibrant seaside resort of Brighton. You can study on the beach or just soak up the sun on campus, but hold on to your ice-cream because the seagulls are infamously cheeky! Did you know our pirate society was recently listed as one of the 10 weirdest societies in the country?

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

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
19% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
361 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
14% 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 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


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 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.
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