Want to study physics at Newcastle, but not studying maths or science A levels (or equivalent)? If so, this Foundation Year programme is designed for you.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 - 37 points
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Take this Foundation Year to develop the knowledge you need to progress to our three-year Physics BSc Honours degree.
You will study topics such as:
- foundation mathematics
- foundation physics
- individual project
On successful completion of your Foundation Year you are guaranteed entry to our Physics degree programme at Newcastle (subject to achieving the required grades).
Highlights of this degree
Become a graduate in demandBecome a graduate in demand
Research from the Institute of Physics indicates that physics graduates are more likely to find employment and earn more than other graduates (The Career Paths of Physics Graduates, Institute of Physics, May 2012).
Physics graduates can be found in almost every numerate career. Possible career paths include:
- oil, gas and renewable energy
See the Careers section on our Physics website for more information about the skills that Physics graduates develop.
Practical skillsPractical skills
This degree will equip you with skills that are in demand with employers across the globe.
Using our high-spec facilities, and working alongside our expert staff, you will:
- learn the practical applications of physics in cutting edge technologies and advanced engineering
- develop expertise in laboratory techniques, giving you the practical skills required in a wide range of physical science careers
- conduct research at a leading Russell Group university, showcasing your research and presentation skills
Industrial experienceIndustrial experience
Our links with high-technology companies provides opportunities for you to gain industrial experience with internationally known companies, such as:
- Raytheon UK
- BAE Systems
- the De Beers Group
Research expertiseResearch expertise
You will benefit from our interdisciplinary approach at Newcastle University, and the diverse research strengths of our expert academic staff.
We have research expertise in:
- novel electronic materials
- semiconductor devices
- computational physics
- quantum fluids
- nanoscale properties of materials
Visit our Physics website to find out more about our research expertise.
Facilities and support
As a Physics student at Newcastle University, you will be based in the Herschel Building at the heart of our city centre campus.
You will have access to high specification laboratory facilities equipped with leading experimental and computational physics capabilities. The Herschel Building also has dedicated study and social spaces, and a computing area.
Find out more about our facilities on the Physics website.
We have a range of generous Physics scholarships available to help you fund your studies (terms and conditions apply).
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
Find out more about Physics at Newcastle on our Physics website.
Teaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Our degrees reflect the world-leading physics research at Newcastle and give you the chance to study at the cutting edge of the discipline.
Your degree content is driven and delivered by academic staff who are internationally leading researchers in their fields, as well as being passionate about sharing their knowledge with students.
Visit our Physics website to find out more about Who's Who in the Physics team.
You will be taught via a range of approaches, including:
- lectures and seminars
- small group tutorials
- problem classes
- laboratory sessions
- practical computing sessions
Typically 60 hours per semester will consist of practical sessions in our laboratories where you will take part in experiments and project work.
Assessment is based on a combination of:
- computer assessments
- problem solving exercises
- laboratory reports
- individual and group project work
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Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
Physics BSc Honours
Our three-year Physics BSc Honours degree equips you with a sound knowledge of theoretical and experimental physics.
Physics MPhys Honours
Our four-year Physics MPhys Honours degree includes an integrated year of Master's-level study.
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