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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Physics with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Physics

Gain a broad education in physics centred around its commercial and real-world applications, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course. This highly ranked course is also accredited by the Institute of Physics.


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A033
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Study on a top-five ranked course for student satisfaction.
  • Learn in small, close-knit and supportive groups.
  • Work on real-world projects with industry partners throughout your course.
  • Feel motivated by a course with one of the highest success rates for students acquiring placements.

 

On this course you’ll immerse yourself in how the universe works. You’ll study a range of classical and modern physics, developing the mathematical and analytical tools to solve the problems you encounter. The skills you develop studying physics are some of the most versatile of any degree subject.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Physics course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other engineering, maths and physics foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

We’ve designed a balanced mix of activities to develop you as a professional physicist and enhance your career prospects. The physics course's focus at Sheffield Hallam is to teach in an applied way, highlighting the links between academic learning and its professional applications. As part of this, you’ll undertake projects with local industry partners to solve the real issues they’re encountering – developing professional skills and research techniques side by side.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory sessions
  • problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
  • group and individual project work
  • acting as mentors for other students

Course leaders and tutors

Tim Spencer
Tim Spencer
Research Fellow

Tim's research at MERI involves the application of theory and simulation techniques for the predictive modelling of real life systems that involve fluids.

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Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Although optional (and competitive), a placement is actively encouraged to improve your employability at the end of your degree significantly. We’ll help you find a placement, as well as offering mentoring from returning placement students. Our mix of training and support has meant the physics course has one of the highest rates of placement uptake.

Live projects

As part of the course you’ll work on projects with local businesses. By partnering with local industry, you’ll have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve learned in a live setting. Our industry partners provide real projects for you to tender for and work on – using the research and analytical equipment in our research centre. You’ll then be able to present your findings to the industry partner for appraisal and feedback. 

In the final year of your degree you can complete a year-long dissertation project in partnership with industry. Some students choose to continue work they started during their placement year r you can work on live projects developed in tandem with business, where you develop sector-specific skills and visit sites to see your research in action.

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Future careers

Physics prepares you for a very wide range of careers. The training in mathematics is widely sought after in both manufacturing and business and the research and problem-solving aspects of the degree support careers in further academia or research and development. 

This course prepares you for a career in

  • aerospace
  • education
  • energy
  • electronics
  • nanotechnology
  • instrumentation
  • physics research
  • space exploration
  • banking
  • finance
  • law

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • excellent facilities and analytical equipment
  • a range of new teaching and research laboratories

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including at least 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical And Electronic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foundation Mathematics 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Functions And Calculus Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamental Engineering Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Module: Mathematical Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Atomic And Nuclear Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Electronics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Condensed Matter Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematics For Physicists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Professional And Practical Physicist 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Vibrations, Waves And Optics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Mechanics, Relativity And Electromagnetism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Physical Modelling 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Quantum And Condensed Matter Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: The Professional And Practical Physicist 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Thermodynamics And Statistical Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analogue And Digital Electronics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Analogue And Digital Electronics 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interfaces And Instrumentation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Physical Modelling 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice For Physicists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project For Physicists Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Investigatory Techniques Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Applied Business Intelligence Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Modelling With Partial Differential Equations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Tensors And Relativity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Physics courses (PDF, 185.8KB)

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