- 4 years full time
- UCAS code:
- Start date:
- September 2025
“On my foundation year, I gained the confidence and skills to study the subject I’m passionate about at a top uni.”Mary Sturch Physics and Astronomy (with a foundation year) BSc
Is a Foundation Year for you?
We welcome students with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including:
- those who aren’t sure which subject, or branch of a subject, they’d like to specialise in
- those who don’t have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1
- those who don’t meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1
- those who are returning to education after some time away.
You will need to demonstrate your potential to do well on a demanding degree, including the potential to succeed in your chosen discipline.
The following sets out some of the most common academic qualifications. However, each application is reviewed on its individual strengths and merits.
Entry requirements for this course are currently under review – please check back in early March 2024.
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
- Foundation Mathematics A
- Foundation Mechanics
- Physics Foundation Year Laboratory A
- Properties of Matter
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 2024/25. 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.
We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.
Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.
Find out more about studying Physics at Sussex, including astrophysics, theoretical physics and particle physics
I work on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, seeking answers to fundamental questions such as ‘What is the nature of dark matter?”Professor Antonella De Santo
Professor of Physics
Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2025/26 – please check back in September 2024. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.
Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2025/26.
Please note: Foundation Year courses are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loan funds. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid
Successfully completing your Foundation Year means you’re able to take a range of degrees at Sussex. The current list of courses available is:
- Astrophysics MPhys
- Physics (with an industrial placement year) BSc (Hons)
- Physics (with an industrial placement year) MPhys
- Physics BSc (Hons)
- Physics MPhys
- Physics with Astrophysics BSc (Hons)
- Physics with Astrophysics MPhys
- Physics with Data Science BSc (Hons)
- Theoretical Physics BSc (Hons)
- Theoretical Physics MPhys
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