Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
This course is designed for those who don't have the qualifications needed for the BSc/MSci, but who demonstrate scientific potential through good passes in GCSE Mathematics and Science, or workplace experience.

About

In the preliminary year you will study mathematics and physics, and choose a third subject that is appropriate to your own background and needs. You will then be ready to join the BSc Physics degree.

Why study Physics at Bristol?

Our courses are designed to challenge you and develop your abilities as a critical thinker.

Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree. You can normally transfer between courses in the first two years, and a range of options in the final year means you can specialise in your chosen field or take a more general approach.

A thorough grounding in physics will equip you well whichever degree you choose - and you may choose to spend a year in industry working on a challenging project, or to study physics at a partner university in Europe.

In addition to your degree, you could get involved in communicating science via Discover Science days and school visits.

Our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics, who also awarded us Juno status in recognition of our best practice and contribution to the representation of women in physics. We are also proud holders of an Athena SWAN award.

CHAOS, the physics students' society, has been awarded 'best student society' by the University of Bristol Students' Union.

Accreditation

This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Third subject: optional unit(s).
then as BSc Physics

Audience

Bristol physics students come from a range of backgrounds and share a keen interest in physics and astrophysics. You will need at least an A in A-level Mathematics, a lively and enquiring mind, commitment and a willingness to contribute.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade C in Mathematics, Physics/Science and English Language.
  • Academic qualifications: This course is designed for students who demonstrate scientific potential through good passes in GCSE Mathematics and Science, or workplace experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.