2023 entry (view 2022 entry)
BSc Chemical Physics (F320)
A-level standard offer: AAA
A-level contextual offer: ABB
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Join a University ranked #1 in the UK for Chemistry research and in the UK top five for Physics research (THE analysis of REF 2021) with an excellent reputation for teaching and learning.
The first year gives you a comprehensive grounding in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Later years focus on atomic and molecular science and its interdisciplinary applications.
You will focus on areas at the interface between chemistry and physics, with less organic and synthetic chemistry and more physical and non-synthetic inorganic chemistry. Similarly, there is very little nuclear and particle physics after your first year but an emphasis on materials science and nanoscience.
As well as lectures and practical classes, small-group tutorials and workshops help develop your understanding of challenging and exciting concepts. You will undertake a project or scientific dissertation, working in a research group with an academic supervisor.
The course is accredited by both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
This course is accredited by the following organisations
The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
AAA including Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
A-level contextual offer
ABB including Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in any orderFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
DDD in either BTEC Engineering with Distinctions in six Physics units plus A at A-level in Mathematics and Chemistry OR BTEC Applied Science Extended Diploma with Distinctions in six specified Chemistry units plus A at A-level in Mathematics and Physics.Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 6, 5, 5 (in any order) at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)Find out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
85% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AA in two of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAB including A in the science not taken for Advanced Higher
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Science (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
- at least 30 credits at Distinction from specified units in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (including algebra, calculus and trigonometry)
Not included in offer
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B and M3 is C
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile E qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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