Physics Foundation Year Laboratory A (F3303)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

A preliminary laboratory course, with basic experiments in classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Integral to the course will also be the development of data-analysis and error propagation skills using spreadsheets, and communicating methods and results in an oral presentation.


5%: Lecture
95%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report, Software exercise)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: