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Physics and Astronomy (with a foundation year) BSc (Hons)

Physics and Astronomy (with a foundation year) BSc (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
BCC-CCC
Contextual A-level offer:
CCD-CDD
UCAS code:
FF35
Start date:
September 2022

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

Interested in physics, theoretical physics or astrophysics but don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree? A Foundation Year can help you get on to the course you want.

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy, you’ll be taught by the experts who are driving our research programmes. You’ll have full access to our facilities and equipment.

You’ll be a part of our close community, including:

  • plenty of opportunities for one-to-one support
  • shared spaces for peer study support
  • socialising with other students across all years in the Physics Society.
Once you’ve successfully completed your Foundation Year, you can choose from degrees in whichever branch of physics interests you the most – from astrophysics to theoretical physics. If you’re a high-achiever in your Foundation Year, you also have the option of joining one of our integrated Masters courses (MPhys).

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

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Entry requirements

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 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.

A-level

Typical offer

BCC-CCC

Contextual offer

CCD-CDD

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels should normally include both Mathematics and Physics, with at least C in Mathematics and, preferably, also a C in Physics.

Applications from A-level students without Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would generally expect you to have studied two broadly scientific or quantitative subjects or have other evidence of high level competence in mathematics.

 

GCSEs

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (or grade C).

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

26-28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Level subjects should normally include both Mathematics and Physics, with at least 4 in each.

Applications from students without Higher Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a individual basis. We will be looking for evidence of competence in mathematics (and would expect at least a 5 in Standard Level if not taken to Higher level).

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

CC at A-level and Distinction

Contextual offer

CC at A-level and Merit

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels should normally include Mathematics, with at least grade C.

Applications from A-level students without Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would generally expect you to have studied two broadly scientific or quantitative subjects or have other evidence of high level competence in mathematics.

GCSEs

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (or grade C).

 

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

MMM

Contextual offer

MMP

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will need A-levels in Mathematics, with at least C grade. 

GCSEs

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 (grade C) or above.

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

CCCCC

Subjects

Highers should include Mathematics and Physics, with at least C grade in each.

 

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

BCC-CCC from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

 

Subjects

A-levels should normally include both Mathematics and Physics, with at least C grade in each.

Applications from A-level students without Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would generally expect you to have studied two broadly scientific or quantitative subjects or have other evidence of high level competence in mathematics.

GCSEs

You will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above (or grade 4 in the new grading scale).

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

26-28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Level subjects should normally include both Mathematics and Physics, with at least 4 in each.

Applications from students without Higher Mathematics and/or Physics will be considered on a individual basis. We will be looking for evidence of competence in mathematics (and would expect at least a 5 in Standard Level if not taken to Higher level).

Additional requirements

You may be asked to come to an interview and/or a mathematics assessment during an Applicant Visit Day as part of the selection process.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

70%

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and a least 75% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 10 .

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

 

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.7 or better. 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

 

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 4 overall with good grades in key subjects).

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 60% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation BCCCC from 5 grade 12 courses

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

China

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of 3.4 overall

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of 15/20

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Pass in the Maturita with a score of 3 or better in each subject.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with a good overall average.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result of 4.5.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with overall final result of at least 11/20.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.5 or better.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of a least 15/20

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 4,3,3 from three subjects including two electives. 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

  • 65% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)  
  • 65% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 65% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Iran

Typical offer

Please contact our admissions office for further information

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H3 H3 H3 H4 H4.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Israel

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 71.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Japan

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Pass Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with an overall average of 60% from 4 final state/school exams.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including an average score of 70% from at least three state examinations (other than English).

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  BCC, Matriculation with a least a grade of between 2.5 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (65%).

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO).

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Nigeria

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of at least 3.5.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects in the 65th percentile including Mathematics.

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of 14/20

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 7 to 7.5 including good grades in Mathematics.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of  6.5.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include C grades in the majority of subjects including grade C in Mathematics.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores.

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of 4,3,3 from 3 AP subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics. Physics is desirable, but we will consider students without it. 

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If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% or Grade 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Modules

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

These modules are running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Core modules

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.

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    Fees

    Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2022/23 – please check back in September 2021. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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    Scholarships

    Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

    Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2022.

    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

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