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Our Physics BSc course will give you an understanding of the fundamental aspects of physics covering areas such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. You will carry out extensive project work in your third year to gain an insight into the skills and behaviours of scientific research.
UCAS code F300
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations Institute of Physics
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Department Department of Physics
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A/AS-levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking, or Global Perspectives – College policy: Please note that these subjects are not accepted by King's as part of our A-level or AS-level requirements. However, we may take account of your grade if you have just fallen short of the conditions of our offer and we are considering whether or not to accept you onto the course.
A-levels: AAA including A in both Mathematics and Physics OR A*AB including A* Mathematics and A in Physics OR A*AB including A in Mathematics and A* in Physics.
If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. This must include substantial focus at Level 3 (with Distinction) on both Mathematics and Physics.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at either: D3 D3 D3 including D3 in both Mathematics and Physics. OR D2 D3 M2 including D2 Mathematics and D3 Physics OR D2 D3 M2 including D3 Mathematics and D2 Physics. We consider combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDD with 12 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A OR Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM with 11 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A*.
NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement, if you have BTECs you need to offer the following modules at Distinction: 6, 7, 8, 9 and one of 14, 17, 20 or 44.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Diploma in Applied Physics at DD with eight Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A OR Diploma in Applied Physics at DM with six Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A*.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in both Mathematics and Physics OR M and two A-levels at grades A*A, including grade A* in Physics and grade A in Mathematics OR M and two A-levels at grades A*A, including grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Physics.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects: either HL 666 including 6 in both Mathematics and Physics. OR HL 765 including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics OR HL 765 including 6 in Mathematics and 7 in Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Application deadline: January 15 2017.
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
We have designed our Physics BSc to give you a broad knowledge of all of the fundamental aspects of physics. You will study subjects such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. At first you will follow a set programme, but in later in the course there is scope for you to pursue your own interests in greater depth. Problem solving and project work is an important part of this course, and you’ll learn about team work, group organisation, and the skills of oral and poster presentations. We also encourage you to work with a school, to experience teaching and develop the skill of presenting information to non-experts.
You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to support your development and our Department encourages an atmosphere in which students feel able to easily approach academic staff. Our Student-Staff Liaison Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and feedback on teaching. Staff and students are members of the Maxwell Society, which is the Department of Physics' social and lecture society.
We will teach you through a combination of lectures and laboratory classes, tutorials and project work. All of our academic staff are involved with the undergraduate teaching programme.
We will assess you primarily through written exams, although occasionally also through practical laboratory examinations, laboratory reports, class tests, coursework and oral presentations.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
Currently, students study the following modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department for further advice. Students take modules worth 120 credits in each of the three years.
Students choose two modules from a list which typically includes:
Choose at least one of the following:
Students choose up to three modules from a range which typically includes:
Our Physics graduates are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. We train physicists to be good problem solvers, to think logically and to apply mathematical and computational techniques to real problems.
Recent graduates have found employment as…
• Actuarial Analyst, Willis
• Physics Tutor, Tutoring Agency
• Project Engineer, Cryogenic Ltd
• Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry
• Researcher, Cornell University
• Risk Analyst, City Index
• Performance Manager, Bradford Commerce
"An insatiable curiosity led me to a change in career path from finance to science, namely Physics. Learning about the subtle inner workings of our universe - and having my notions on reality challenged on a regular basis - makes for a fascinating learning experience, all cultivated by the passionate teaching staff here at King's."
"I liked the different options that were offered as part of the course. I will be taking part in the University Ambassador’s Scheme, going into a secondary school to help teach, and hopefully inspire younger students to carry on with physics!"
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£22,800 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
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