BSc Physics (F300)
View courses for 2017 entry
|Application method||UCAS/Common Application|
|Course duration||3 year(s) full-time|
|Part-time study||Part-time study is not available for this course|
|Number of applications for 2014/15||1322|
|Number of places for 2016/17||186|
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 - from the infinitesimal scale of particle and nuclear physics, through to the microscopic level of atoms and molecules.
In year one, you will receive a comprehensive grounding in physics and mathematics. In year two, you will develop a fundamental understanding of the principles of physics, including practical work in the laboratory and computational physics.
In your final year, you will undertake a major project or dissertation, working in a research group and with a member of staff. One final-year option is the Physics Education scheme, in which your project is centred on teaching in a school; or you could choose the Industrial Group Project, based on a real problem set by external clients or industrial partners.
Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.
- Physics, including laboratory work
- Optional third subject
- Quantum mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
- Practical laboratory, computing and science presentational skills
- 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
- high energy astrophysics
- stellar structure and evolution
- methods of theoretical physics
- modern optics.
Typical offer for BSc Physics
(including international A-levels)
|AAA including Mathematics and Physics|
(including international A-levels)
|AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics|
|IB Diploma||36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level|
|34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics|
|Cambridge Pre-U||Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3|
|Access||Pass 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||DDD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units|
|SQA||SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics|
|Welsh Bacc||Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade|
|EB||85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics|
|International qualifications||Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country|
|English language requirements||Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
|Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:||grade C or above in English Language.|
More entry information
- Selection process: UCAS or Common Application
- Deferred entry: Welcomed
- Physics admissions statement
- More about Physics at Bristol
- University admissions policies and procedures
Admissions statements relate to 2016 entry and will be updated for 2017 entry in summer 2016.
Get in touch
For questions regarding study and admission contact:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1639
For information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit fees and funding.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.
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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