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The BSc Physics with Astronomy has an emphasis on astronomy and observational techniques and is ideal for those interested in fundamental questions about our Universe. Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this four-year course offers a professional placement year in industry, commerce, government or another placement provider. This valuable experience will give you the opportunity to engage in real-world work environments, using your knowledge to full effect. The course aims to prepare you for a career in industrial or academic research and development, education or other sectors that require a practical, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving. In your first two years, you will study a core component of physics and astrophysics modules, delivered to you through a range of teaching methods. In your final year you can study advanced astrophysics and astronomy topics in detail, with additional optional modules. You will also undertake an astrophysics research project. You will be part of a friendly and welcoming department currently housed in the Queen’s Building complex, which contains a wide variety of purpose-built laboratories, lecture theatres and computing facilities. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: •The opportunity to learn in a department which has a strong commitment to research and is home to one of the UK’s largest Astronomy research groups •The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery •Frequent opportunities to conduct practical work in the School’s laboratory facilities •An emphasis on independent learning •The opportunity to follow a professional placement year in industry
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!
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|Campus name||Main Site - Cardiff|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAB - ABB||AAB-ABB for applicants taking A Level Maths and Physics. For applicants taking A Level Maths only (NO PHYSICS) A*BB with A* in A Level Maths. This offer excludes general studies and critical thinking A pass in the science practical is normally required|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DM plus grade A* in Maths A-Level (some BTEC subjects may also require Physics A-level) OR D plus grades BB in A-level Maths and Physics. Science/Engineering-related subjects are acceptable if accompanied by Maths A-level. ALL subject areas are acceptable if accompanied by Maths and Physics A-level.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAB - ABB||To include Maths and Physics, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 - 32 points||IB 34-32 including 6 in HL Maths and Physics, or 665 including 6 in HL Maths and Physics. Applicants taking Higher Level Maths will be considered (without Higher Level Physics) with grade 7 in Higher Level Maths.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.|
|Extended Project||A*||Grade A in EPQ and ABB at A Level for applicants taking Maths and Physics. For applicants taking Maths only (NO PHYSICS) A*BC at A Level including A* in Maths.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English C/4 required|
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£10500||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.