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Physical Sciences entry route leading to BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College)

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The deadline for UK students to apply for this course for entry in 2023 was 25 January 2023.

The deadline for international students is 30 June 2023.

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    Course overview

    Studying this programme provides a route into any of the BSc (Hons) degree programmes offered by the Department of Physics.

    Introduction

    This programme provides a route into any of the BSc (Hons) degree programmes offered by the Department of Physics. You will undertake a foundation year at Carmel College, St Helens, where the class sizes are small and the standards of academic achievement high.

    At Carmel College, you will take three foundation modules chosen from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography, depending on which degree route you want to follow. In your second year, you will attend the University of Liverpool and take the same modules as other students on your chosen programme from the following:

    • Geophysics (Geology) BSc (Hons) (F640)
    • Geophysics (Physics) BSc (Hons) (F656)
    • Ocean Sciences (Physics Pathway) BSc (Hons) (F700)
    • Physics BSc (Hons) (F300)
    • Physics and Mathematics BSc (Joint Honours) (FG31)
    • Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons) (F3F5)
    • Physics with Medical Applications BSc (Hons) (F350)
    • Physics with Nuclear Science BSc (Hons) (F390)

    What you'll learn

    • Skills needed for independent study at undergraduate degree level
    • Undertaking a variety of learning methods and assessment tasks
    • Fundamental principles that underpin modern physics
    • Latest advances in cutting-edge physics research

    Course content

    Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

    Year zero

    Students follow three foundation modules chosen from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography. Module choice depends on the programme students wish to follow after the foundation year.

    Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

    Our curriculum

    The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

    • Digital fluency
    • Confidence
    • Global citizenship

    Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

    • Research-connected teaching
    • Active learning
    • Authentic assessment

    All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

    Course options

    Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

    Global Opportunities

    University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

    What's available on this course?

    Year in China

    Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

    • Learn Chinese
    • Study in a bustling world heritage city
    • Improve employment prospects
    • Study Chinese culture
    • 30 minutes from Shanghai
    • Learn new skills

    Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

    Language study

    Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

    • A dedicated languages degree
    • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
    • Language modules (selected degrees)
    • Language classes alongside your studies

    Read more about studying a language

    Your experience

    You will attend lectures, as well as working in tutorials and problem-solving workshops. Practical work is carried out in laboratories, starting with basic skills and progressing to a research project. Your course will be delivered by the Department of Physics.

    Careers and employability

    The skills you will develop are highly valued by employers, such as a practical approach to problem solving, strong powers of analysis, numeracy, good IT skills and the ability to communicate well. At the University of Liverpool, we ensure our students graduate with the skills employers need. Our stakeholders group, formed of strong industry leaders, advises on all relevant aspects and entrepreneurship is introduced as a key skill through project work.

    88% of physics students at the University of Liverpool find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

    Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

    Physicists are trained to solve a wide range of problems. That’s why graduates have gone on to explore careers in such diverse areas such as telecommunications; microelectronics; nuclear power and instrumentation; cryogenics; astronomy; geophysics medical physics; materials science; computing; teaching; business; finance and management. Physics graduates are currently among those earning the highest starting salaries in the UK, according to latest figures, and our graduates enjoy excellent opportunities for careers in research, industry, computing, teaching, business and finance.

    Preparing you for future success

    At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

    • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
    • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
    • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
    • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

    Fees and funding

    Your tuition fees, how to pay, and other costs to consider.

    Tuition fees

    UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
    Foundation year fee £5,140
    International fees
    This course is not available to international students.

    Following the foundation years, standard course fees apply.

    Fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year.

    Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching. assessment, operating University facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

    Additional costs

    We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

    Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

    Additional study costs

    We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

    Find out more about additional study costs.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

    Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

    Entry requirements

    The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

    My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

    Your qualification Requirements

    About our typical entry requirements

    A levels

    A typical offer is likely to be CDD at A level, in related subjects. Students with alternative A level combinations are welcome to apply but should expect to be made higher offers. For further information, visit www.carmel.ac.uk, email degree@carmel.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1744 452 213.

    Applicants over 21 can be considered on GCSEs alone

    GCSE All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences. Core and Additional Science/Dual Science acceptable as the two Sciences. Alternatively, if separate sciences are being studied then one of these must be GCSE Physics. Applicants over 21 can be considered on GCSEs alone.
    International qualifications

    Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our direct entry requirements. Although there is no direct Foundation Certificate route to this course, completing a Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, can guarantee you a place on a number of similar courses which may interest you.

    About our entry requirements

    Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

    Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

    We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

    Alternative entry requirements

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