|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|F304||(See full entry requirements)||4 years full-time|
Physics studies the fundamental forces of the Universe and the nature of waves, particles, and the structure of matter. Read more about studying a Physics degree at York.
The Foundation Year course offers an opportunity for those who have potential, but who do not possess appropriate qualifications, to develop the skills needed to progress to completing one of our degree programmes. The course is aimed at two main groups of people:
Further information on our entry requirements for the course can be found under the Applying tab.
"The Department is a wonderful place to study. The academics are very friendly and approachable. The student intake is small compared to other universities so lectures can get to know you on a first name basis rather than you just being another nameless face in the crowd."
Paul, Foundation Year Student
The course syllabus is based on modified versions of A level material in Mathematics and Physics. The course also includes a practical physics element in which students learn in well-equipped laboratories. Covering University entry level content in three terms is a demanding task. The course numbers therefore, are very restricted, permitting teaching in small groups with considerable personal support. Following successful completion, students may transfer to the first year of any of our Physics degrees.
Foundation Year Bursary
The University offers a number of bursaries for UK and EU students to help with tuition fees and living expenses. The Foundation Year Bursary is a means tested fee wavier for Foundation Year students which is dependant on household income. For further information please visit the York scholarships and bursaries page.
Courses in the Spring term build on the fundamentals established in the first term and move into work of Advanced Level standard
Courses in the Summer term seek to prepare students to the required entry level knowledge in Mathematics and Physics suitable for our Physics degree programmes
If an overall pass is acheived at the end of the year students will then automatically progress onto the first year of any of the Physics degree programmes we offer.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
We regularly achieve high student satisfaction and maintained excellence in our teaching quality achieving the maximum of 24/24 in our most recent Teaching Quality Assurance assessment.
We use a variety of different teaching methods including lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, problem classes and workshops. In addition students will learn via various group and individual project work.
“Studying Physics at York is an experience like no other, the community here between not only student, but lecturers also is unrivalled.” Sammy, 2nd Year Student
Alongside this all students meet regularly with an academic supervisor who will offer guidance and support throughout your degree and help develop your physics problem solving skills. This fosters excellent staff-student rapport and ensures an extremely friendly and supportive atmosphere for you. Our regular supervision meetings, small group tutorials and our ‘open door’ policy for approaching our academic staff are distinctive in our teaching approach and enable students to share their insights and develop a deeper understand of their subject.
“The department’s open door policy is fantastic. If you ever get stuck on any aspect of anything, they are always there to help you.” Kyle, 4th Year Student
We use a wide range of assessment formats during the degree to ensure that students develop valuable transferable skills. We balance various types of assessment to develop and test your different strengths. Our assessments include:
Our teaching is designed to prepare you for the assessment. You will also have tutorials and problem classes to help you revise and ask any question you might have.
We give students feedback on work completed in a variety of ways. You will receive both written and verbal feedback to help you improve and develop your work. In addition your will meet regularly with your academic supervisor who will offer guidance and support throughout your degree and help develop your physics problem solving skills.
We can make appropriate adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities. See the University's disability support pages for further details.
Physics graduates are highly sought after by employers across a range of disciplines. A high proportion of graduates go on to careers that use their knowledge and expertise in physics. However as physics is so central in the span of scientific subjects physicists are readily employed in other disciplines such as computing, electronics, chemistry and mathematics.
The department is committed to developing and supporting our students' career development and employability which is embedded within our core teaching. This includes activities such as:
What do York Graduates do?
Over 80% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating earning an average salary of £25,000. For those who progress into further academic study 39% of our students have chosen to specialise in a particular field via a postgraduate qualification such as MSc in Fusion energy or a PhD.
Find out more
All applications to undergraduate degree courses at York are made via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The application system opens mid-September with guides on how to apply through UCAS available online.
We welcome all enquiries from prospective undergraduates and are happy to answer any queries that you may have about our courses.
The Foundation Year course is designed for mature students seeking a career change or for students who have been unable to study Physics and/or Maths to A level standard. Due to the very individual background of education and work experience, applications are considered on an individual basis.
Typically, applicants are required to demonstrate they have achieved the equivalent of A level standard of study and have demonstrated the ability to complete the course-work load equivalent to simultaneously taking three A levels. All offers are determined on an individual basis after completing a successful academic interview with the department. Places on the Foundation Year are limited and we invite students to contact us if they would like to query applicable qualifications for entry onto the course.
All applicants are required to complete an interview day with the department before their application is progressed to the offer stage. Our decision about whether to invite applicants to interview is based on information on the UCAS form, including your personal statement, reference, and academic grades or predictions. Upon completion of a successful academic interview an offer will be determined taking into account both feedback gathered at interview and information from your UCAS form.
Applicants whose first language is not English should be able to show evidence of their English language ability.
We accept the following English language qualifications:
For some European countries, the English language requirement may be fulfilled by achieving a satisfactory English grade in the relevant country's state or school examinations. Please contact us for information about the specific requirements for your own country.
Further detailed information is available on the University’s English Language Requirements.
If you have any enquiries concerning undergraduate admissions, please contact
Foundation Year Admissions Tutor,
Dr. Christopher Murphy:
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