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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.

Programme Overview

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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

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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


Full Academic Year
Compulsory Modules
Mechanical Science
Electricity and Electronics
Engineering Principles
Routes to Success

Semester 1
Compulsory Modules
Mathematics A

Semester 2
Compulsory Modules
Mathematics B

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.


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.

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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