What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
A-levels should normally include both Mathematics and Physics, with at least C grade in each. Applications from A-level students without Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would generally expect you to have studied two broadly scientific or quantitative subjects or have evidence of competence in mathematics. You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects. You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.
Highers should include Mathematics and Physics, with at least C grade in each. Applications from students without Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would generally expect you to have studied two broadly scientific or quantitative subjects or have evidence of competence in mathematics. You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.
In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will need an A-level in Mathematics, grade C. You will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above (or grade 4 in the new grading scale), including stronger grades in relevant subjects. You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.
Successful applicants will normally have completed the full IB Diploma with an overall score of at least 28 points. However, we are pleased to consider applicants with 26-27 points overall on a case by case basis. Higher Level subjects should normally include both Mathematics and Physics, with at least 4 in each. Applications from students without Higher Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a individual basis. We will be looking for evidence of competence in mathematics (and would expect at least a 5 in Standard Level if not taken to Higher level). You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers62%
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.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
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- 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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Interested in physics or astrophysics, but don’t meet the entry requirements for a three-year course? A Foundation Year degree can help you get on to the course you want. We have over 20 years’ experience running this Foundation Year, teaching students from a variety of backgrounds. You’re taught on campus and treated as a full undergraduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. After passing your Foundation Year you can transfer to any BSc degree in Physics or Astrophysics or – depending on your performance – any MPhys degree.
See the modules you will study by year by going to the 'view course details' link.
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