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BSc 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 5 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

104

% applicants receiving offers

77%

Subjects
  • Physics
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BCC

BCC including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English (Mathematics or Physics).

Scottish Highers
BBBB

BBBB including Maths and Physics, plus English at Standard Grade.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
24

24 points including Maths and Physics at 4 points at Higher level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 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

77%

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

Not available

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

Modules

Year 1: Core modules in Physics and mathematics with a choice of other subjects from a wide portfolio of science, engineering or computer-related topics; the physics modules cover core concepts in thermodynamics; properties of matter; electricity and magnetism; mechanics and optics along with a laboratory programme using a wide range of modern equipment, carrying out experiments in topics as diverse as ultrasonics and astrophysics. Year 2: Students take physics and mathematics core modules only but branching out into atomic and nuclear physics, electronics, vibrations and waves; practical and professional skills are also developed. Year 3: Electromagnetism; relativity; thermodynamics; quantum, nuclear and solid state physics; astrophysics and mathematical modelling along with more extended practical laboratory work. Optional industrial placement. Year 4 (Honours): Advanced developments of subjects studied in Year 3, with additional topics: statistical physics; medical physics and nanophysics; skills and knowledge are used for an original research problem, this is normally carried out along with a research group or under the supervision of a member of staff with research interests and experience in the chosen field; project topics span the full range of physics and its applications.

University of the West of Scotland

Ayr Campus

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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

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 92%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

100%

Feedback on work has been helpful

67%

Feedback on work has been prompt

67%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

100%

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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
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
341 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
40% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
18% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are customer service occupations

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

19%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

12%

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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