University of Nottingham has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
This course will ensure you develop a thorough understanding of physics and astronomy, as well as gaining valuable practical experience in the design and implementation of dynamic scientific research. Furthermore, our outstanding facilities complement your learning by providing valuable space in which to put theory into practise. These include our astrophysical supercomputing facilities, optical and radio telescopes as well as analysing new data collected from the Hubble Space Telescope or other world-leading observatory to which our astronomy research group has access.
Your first year will introduce you to the fundamental elements of physics, as well as an introduction to astronomy and cutting edge-research provided by the Frontiers in Physics module. Your second year will build upon this core knowledge base, with modules covering topics such as the quantum world and the structure of stars. In your third year, you will take modules covering extreme astrophysics and cosmology, as well as modules in mathematical applications and communications to prepare you for your final year. Your fourth year will focus on an astronomical research project, as well as various mini-projects that you will tailor to suit your personal interests and aspirations.
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.
|Campus name||University Park Campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAA - A*AA||Including Mathematics, Physics and one other academic subject at A level, or equivalent, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies. A pass in the practical element is required for this qualification if assessed separately.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Contact the school directly – considered on an individual basis.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Contact the school directly – considered on an individual basis.|
|Scottish Higher||AAAAB||This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA including Maths and Physics.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D2, D3, M1||Including D2 and D3 in Maths and Physics in any order.|
|Extended Project||Not accepted|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||38 points||including 6,6,6 in Higher level subjects to include both Physics and Mathematics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD||This qualification is only acceptable when combined with A level grades AA including Maths and Physics. A pass in the practical element is required for this qualification if assessed separately.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D||This qualification is only acceptable when combined with A level grades A*A in Maths and Physics in any order. A pass in the practical element is required for this qualification if assessed separately.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A||This qualification is only acceptable when combined with A level grades AA including Maths and Physics. A pass in the practical element is required for this qualification if assessed separately.|
European Baccalaureate - An overall average of 85% including 8.5 in Mathematics (syllabus 5) and 8 in Physics (plus 6 in English).
GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4).
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£23,760 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.