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Applied Physics with Foundation Year

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Applied Physics focuses on the engineering aspect of physics, meaning that greater emphasis is given to the real life applications of what you are taught.

The course is based on active, problem-based. learning. You will learn about a range of topics that are considered important to future technology and - more importantly - humanity. The degree aims to equip you with all the skills needed to be highly employable.

Collaborations with local industries (such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) in areas ranging from nanotechnology to medical physics, will aid your development and ensure you're well prepared to pursue a career in academia or industry after graduating.

  • The degree offers the opportunity to undertake work placements and research projects in industries and research institutes, providing you with key skills that employers look for
  • Student-centred approach to teaching and learning; you will have the opportunity to tailor your own studies by choosing from a variety of optional modules
  • Graduates go on to work in the Research & Development departments of high profile industries and research institutes
  • Many Applied Physics graduates go on to study a Master's degree in a variety of physics subjects ranging from space engineering to theoretical physics
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus in South West London

Applied Physics focuses on the engineering aspect of physics, meaning that greater emphasis is given to the real life applications of what you are taught. The course is based on active, problem-based. learning. You will learn about a range of topics that are considered important to future technology and - more importantly - humanity. The degree aims to equip you with all the...

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Course Content

Year one

  • Electricity and Magnetism Electronics 
  • Environmental Physics and Nanotechnology 
  • Heat and Thermodynamics Matter and Materials 
  • Mathematical Methods 1: Computing 
  • Particles, Waves and Quanta 
  • Practical Physics (Experimental Techniques, Data Measurement and Analysis) 

Year two

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics 
  • Biomechanics and Medical Physics 
  • Electromagnetism Electronics, Metrology and Standards 
  • Mathematical Methods 2: Advanced Computing and Statistical Mechanics 
  • Practical Physics 2: Instrumentation and Monitoring – Effects and techniques 
  • Solid State Physics: Optics 

Year three

  • 3D Manufacturing 
  • Mathematical Methods 3: Special and General Relativity 
  • Medical Physics 
  • Nanotechnology and Nanodevices Physics 
  • Research Project 
  • Solid State Physics; Low Temperature Physics 

Year one Electricity and Magnetism Electronics  Environmental Physics and Nanotechnology  Heat and Thermodynamics Matter and Materials  Mathematical Methods 1: Computing  Particles, Waves and Quanta  Practical Physics (Experimental Techniques, Data Measurement and...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

Waldegrave Road

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent). A minimum of a C in Physics at A Level, or equivalent, is required.

A Level Maths is not a requirement for entry as a supporting programme in mathematical method is available.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent). A minimum of a C in Physics at A Level, or equivalent, is required. A Level Maths is not a requirement for entry as a supporting programme in mathematical method is available. Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International...

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Assessment Methods

A diverse range of assessment methods are used to ensure continuous assessment throughout your studies. These include coursework, scientific reports, lab books, oral and poster presentations, and exams.

Each of these methods will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Physics, but will also help you to use them as learning tools to improve your academic performance, to learn new skills - such as scientific writing and communication - and enhance your learning experience.

A diverse range of assessment methods are used to ensure continuous assessment throughout your studies. These include coursework, scientific reports, lab books, oral and poster presentations, and exams. Each of these methods will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Physics, but will also help you to use them as learning tools to improve your academic...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
75%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
85% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
77% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
85% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
77% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
54% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
69% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
77% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
77% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
85% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
69% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
69% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
54% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
69% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
77% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
77% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
85% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
77% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
46% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
83% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
83% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
75% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
67% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
73% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points80

  • Employment Rate80%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

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