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University of the West of Scotland

Physics BSc Hons (Sandwich)

UCAS Code: F300
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physics
Student score
91% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including Maths and Physics

Scottish Highers

Including Maths and Physics

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

Including Maths and Physics

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88 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

This programme teaches the fundamentals of physics as a core science and will develop your professional skills and expertise for a career in any area of physics, from industrial applications to academic research. You will study core topics in physics, along with option subjects. Practical classes will enhance your familiarity with experimental physics. The Honours sandwich programme also offers an optional year’s paid work experience with an industrial or scientific employer in the UK or abroad. There is high demand for physics graduates, from industries including microelectronic telecommunications, optics and energy. Physicists are also in demand in the public services, including schools and hospitals, the civil service and research laboratories. Graduates work with companies including BAE Systems, Fujitsu, Motorola, and Nikon. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Course content You will be taught by academics who are specialists in the field, and UWS is one of eight Scottish universities that have formed a research alliance with the aim of placing Scotland at the forefront of physics research. You will study core topics in physics, along with option subjects. During the first three years of the programme, practical classes will enhance your familiarity with the principles and techniques of experimental physics. You will have flexibility in your choice of final degree title. Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. A representative from Thales Group recently addressed 3rd and 4th year students Year 1 Five core modules include physics and mathematics. One optional module can be chosen from a range of science, engineering or computing-related modules. The physics modules cover the SQA Advanced Higher syllabus. Aspects of atomic physics and thermodynamics are also taught. Year 2 You will branch out to other areas including electronics, vibrations and waves, and mathematical modelling. Practical and professional skills are also developed. Year 3 Core modules include electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and statistical physics. Two optional modules can be chosen from advanced calculus, advanced optics, imaging and nuclear medicine, and applied nuclear technology. (Optional) industrial placement This is an optional year spent in industry or a relevant scientific research laboratory. Year 4 (Honours) Subjects are more advanced developments of those undertaken in Year 3, with additional topics including nuclear and particle physics, solid state physics, ultrasonics and nanotechnology, surface analysis and detectors. You will undertake a project where your knowledge can be applied to an original research problem.


University of the West of Scotland

Ayr Campus

UWS is among the fastest growing institutions, offering modern, job market relevant degree courses to a wide demographic of students through different learning platforms. The Students' Association is on campus to support, enable and represent all students. It also offers the ultimate recreational and safe spaces in our campuses in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley.

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 100%
Student score 91% HIGH
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
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 91% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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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