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Matter and energy. Waves and fields. Relativity and mechanics. In this degree, you’ll be studying the most fundamental of the sciences: physics. From the sub-atomic and cosmological, to the trajectory of your own career, you’ll be learning things that confound, captivate and inspire you. All our Physics students study the same core of fundamental physics and maths, based on Institute of Physics (IOP) 'core of physics' material. This includes classical mechanics, waves and fields, electromagnetism, special relativity, thermodynamics, quantum and atomic physics. By choosing the Physics BSc you will have access to the widest range of specialist options in each year. As a physics student at Leicester you will acquire an appreciation of the scope and impact of modern physics and the use of mathematics, computing and experimentation to solve important real-world problems. You will study the fundamental theories of physics, from classical mechanics, waves and fields, to relativity, atomic and particle physics. Through option courses and projects you will have the opportunity to explore the areas of physics linked to the School's world-leading research - such as planetary science, climate physics, nanotechnology, astrophysics, medical physics and space science.
Our course is very flexible: you can mix and match modules from different specialities (pure and applied physics, astrophysics, and space science and technology) to suit your interests and career aspirations as they develop throughout your time at university. For further details, see the full programme summary on our website by clicking on the ‘view course details’ link towards the top of this page.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, lab sessions, seminars, workshop classes and project work. Training in scientific computation and programming is built into each degree. Assessment includes exams and course work (such as workshop and seminar problem classes). Lab work is primarily assessed in real time and project work is assessed through written reports and oral presentations.
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How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|A level||ABB||including Mathematics and Physics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||in relevant subject, plus obtain grade B in Mathematics at A-Level.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Diploma in relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3, including a minimum of 30 credits in Physics and Maths at Distinction. Plus grade B at A-Level in Mathematics.|
|Scottish Higher||AABBBB||Grade A required in Mathematics and Physics.|
|AS||2 AS Levels accepted in place of 1 A-Level, must be alongside Mathematics and Physics A-Level.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Must be in relevant subject, accepted when combined with A-Level Mathematics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Accepted when combined with Mathematics and Physics A-Level's.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||ABB||including Mathematics and Physics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||To include: 5 in HL Maths and 5 in HL Physics OR 6 in HL Maths and 6 in SL Physics. OR 6 in HL Physics and 6 in SL Maths Maths Studies not accepted in place of Maths.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||ABB from two A-levels including Mathematics and Physics and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Skills Challenge.|
|Extended Project||Not accepted|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2, H3||including H2 in Mathematics or Physics.|
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|