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F301 BSc/MPhys Physics with Foundation Year (4 Years)

The foundation year is the first year of a four or five-year programme leading to a BSc or MPhys in Physics. It is ideally suited to prepare students without the traditional qualifications of UK A levels in mathematics and physics.

Introducing your degree

The Foundation Year provides an introduction to mathematics, mechanics, computer programming, electricity & electronics and engineering principles and provides the skills required to study successfully for an undergraduate degree. Successful completion of the Foundation Year will allow you to continue to any of our BSc or MPhys Physics degree programmes.


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During the Foundation Year you will learn the core principles of mathematics, mechanical science, engineering principles and electricity and electronics. You will also undertake laboratory work and a variety of assignments to develop your critical thinking and problem solving.

The remaining three or four years are sepnt studying your chosen degree.

View the programme specification document for this course

A degree in physics is not just about learning facts – physicists are skilled at studying new systems and understanding how to explore them and model their behaviour. Problem-solving skills are greatly valued by employers and are firmly embedded in our undergraduate teaching.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year can lead you to a place on any one of 15 undergraduate degree disciplines, including the three year BSc Physics or four year MPhys Physics degree programmes. Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

For more information, contact the Engineering, Physics and Geophysics Foundation Admissions Team:

Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3113



Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

The Engineering, Geophysics, Maths and Physics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Physics and Astronomy should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

Guaranteed progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree (providing you achieve minimum progression grades)

Choice of 15 undergraduate degree disciplines on completion, including Physics

A relevant mixture of theoretical and practical activities form the basis of this course

Southampton is ranked in the top 20 universities for Physics and Astronomy in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016, The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide 2015

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


English Language, at Grade C or above Mathematics, at Grade B or above

A Levels:
GCE A-level

If you have not taken maths and/or physics at A-Level then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Our offer for students who have studied A-Levels is typically ABB. All applicants need Grade B in GCSE Maths and Grade C in GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

A typical offer for the IB is 32 points overall. Please note that we cannot accept subjects that make you eligible for direct entry (for example both maths and physics at Higher Level).

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application and an invitation to visit the department. UCAS code: F301 Course title: BSc/MPhys Physics with a Foundation Year Course duration: 4/5 years


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Career Opportunities

Successfully completing the Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to the majority of our engineering, physics and geophysics courses. Our engineering courses carry professional accreditation and offer excellent career prospects.

Graduates who have entered our degrees through the Foundation Year have progressed to a variety of exciting engineering, science and technology roles in the private and public sectors, as well as to self employment and consultancy, both in the UK and overseas.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Approved CalculatorsCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
TextbooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and Photocopying CostsIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at


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