BSc Physics (F300)

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UCAS code F300
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • 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
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 197 overall for Single Honours Physics courses

About BSc Physics

You will learn about the fundamental building blocks and forces of nature and how quantum physics and relativity help us understand the world around us.

The course gives you the opportunity to develop a physicist's broad range of skills, including problem-solving, numeracy, teamwork and the ability to communicate complicated concepts. You can expand your skill set further by taking part in physics-specific employability sessions, which include presentation, interview and networking skills.

Your third 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. Our graduates have an excellent record of employment, a testament to the value that employers place on the transferable skills that you gain on this course. The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

More about Physics

Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including special relativity, mechanics, oscillations and waves, fields, properties of matter and laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Optional third subject

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Practical laboratory, computing and science presentation skills

Third year

  • Final-year research project or dissertation, physics education or group project
  • Core physics: semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • Physics and astrophysics options might include:
    • condensed matter
    • nanophysics
    • biophysics
    • galaxies
    • high energy astrophysics
    • stellar structure and evolution
    • methods of theoretical physics
    • modern optics.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics

Typical offer for BSc Physics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and Physics in any order
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall including 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall including 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including Mathematics and Physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC offer D*DD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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Email: sci-ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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Accreditation

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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