BSc Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study (F308)

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UCAS code F308
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £25,900 per year
  • International students: £25,900 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 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 courses, but who demonstrate scientific potential through good passes in GCSE Mathematics and Science or workplace experience. It is a BSc degree with an integrated foundation year that provides excellent preparation in the physics, mathematics, practical and study skills that students need to succeed on their degree.

On successful completion of the preliminary year you will be ready to join the BSc Physics degree.

This degree is suitable for applicants from a range of backgrounds, including mature students who have not undertaken any formal study in recent years or students who are studying Access to Higher Education or similar courses that do not provide sufficient mathematics and physics material for entry to the standard BSc/MSci Physics degrees.

The preliminary year is not suitable for applicants who are currently taking A-levels (or equivalents) in mathematics and physics or have recently taken A-levels (or equivalents) in mathematics and physics but not achieved the grades required for entry to the standard BSc/MSci Physics degrees.

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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Course structure

In the preliminary year you will study mathematics, physics and gain a good grounding in scientific study skills. 

Year one of BSc Physics 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 have included Sellafield, Bristol Zoo, Siemens and The Fat Duck restaurant.


Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study

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

UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

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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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