BSc Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study (F308)

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UCAS code F308
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BSc Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study

This course is designed for those who don't have the qualifications needed for the BSc/MSci Physics, but who demonstrate scientific potential through good passes in GCSE Mathematics and Science or workplace experience. In the preliminary year you will study mathematics, physics and gain a good grounding in scientific study skills. You will then be ready to join the BSc Physics degree.

Year one gives you a comprehensive grounding in physics and mathematics, and year two focuses on the principles of physics. Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree, and you may be able to transfer between courses in the first two years of the BSc.

Your final year includes a major project or dissertation. Project options include the Physics Education scheme, centred on teaching in a school, and the Industrial Group Project, based on a real problem set by industrial partners. Recent partners include Sellafield, Bristol Zoo, Siemens and The Fat Duck.

You will join a friendly department with a very active, award-winning student society. We provide physics-specific employability sessions and encourage you to develop a broad range of transferable skills. Our physics graduates have an excellent record of employment, a testament to the value that employers place on these skills.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

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Typical offer for BSc Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study - applicants must meet one of the following

International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
This course is designed for students who demonstrate scientific potential through good passes in GCSE Mathematics, Science and English Language at grade C (or above), or workplace experience.
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

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