Physics

# BSc PHYSICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR

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## BSC PHYSICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
F301
Duration (years)
4

### Assessment for Year 1

We employ a range of assessment methods to best reflect each module and what we hope you will gain from it.

Assessments will usually feature a combination of practical reports, data handling, project work, dissertations, and examinations.

### Assessment for Year 2

We employ a range of assessment methods to best reflect each module and what we hope you will gain from it.

Assessments will usually feature a combination of practical reports, data handling, project work, dissertations, and examinations.

### Assessment for Year 3

We employ a range of assessment methods to best reflect each module and what we hope you will gain from it.

Assessments will usually feature a combination of practical reports, data handling, project work, dissertations, and examinations.

### Assessment for Year 4

We employ a range of assessment methods to best reflect each module and what we hope you will gain from it.

Assessments will usually feature a combination of practical reports, data handling, project work, dissertations, and examinations.

## Year 0 (Foundation Year)

### Core Modules (80 credits)

Code MTHB3001A Credits 20

Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard, this module covers several algebraic topics including functions, polynomials and quadratic equations. Trigonometry is approached both geometrically up to Sine and Cosine Rule and as a collection of waves and other functions. The main new topic is Differential Calculus including the Product and Chain Rules. We will also introduce Integral Calculus and apply it to areas. Students should have a strong understanding of GCSE Mathematics.

Code MTHB3002B Credits 20

Following MTHB3001A (Basic Mathematics I), this module brings students up to the standard needed to begin year one of a range of degree courses. The first half covers Integral Calculus including Integration by Parts and Substitution. Trigonometric identities, polynomial expressions, partial fractions and exponential functions are explored, all with the object of integrating a wider range of functions. The second half of the module is split into two: Complex Numbers and Vectors. We will meet and use the imaginary number i (the square root of negative one), represent it on a diagram, solve equations using it and link it to trigonometry and exponential functions. Strange but true: imaginary numbers are useful in the real world. The last section is practical rather than abstract too; we will be looking at three dimensional position and movement and solving geometric problems through vector techniques.

Code PHY-3011A  Credits 20

In this module you will begin your physics journey with units, accuracy and measurement. You will then progress through the topics of waves, light and sound, forces and dynamics, energy, materials and finish by studying aspects of electricity. The module has a piece of coursework which is based around PV cell technology.

Code PHY-3010B Credits 20

This module follows on from Introductory Physics and continues to introduce you to the fundamental principles of physics and uses them to explain a variety of physical phenomena. You will study gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, radioactivity and energy levels. There is some coursework based around the discharge of capacitors. The module finishes with you studying some aspects of thermal physics, conservation of momentum and simple harmonic motion.

### Optional Modules (40 credits)

Code CHE-3003B Credits 20

A course in chemistry intended to take you to the level required to begin a relevant degree in the Faculty of Science. The module will help you to develop an understanding of: reactions of functional groups in organic chemistry; basic thermodynamics; spectroscopic techniques; transition metal chemistry and practical laboratory skills.

Code CHE-3004A Credits 20

A module designed for you, if you are on a Science Faculty degree with a Foundation Year. You will receive an introduction to the structure and electronic configuration of the atom. You will learn how to predict the nature of bonding given the position of elements in the periodic table and therefore. You will be introduced to the chemistry of key groups of elements. You will become familiar with key measures such as the mole and the determination of concentrations. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

Code CMP-3002A Credits 20

In taking this module you will learn about a wide range of topics that are fundamental to computing science. You will study areas such as history of computing, the binary system, logic circuits, fetch and execute cycles as well as components that made up of modern computer systems. Internet related technologies will also be covered. In the practical work for the module you will use a range of tools and techniques appropriate to the topic being studied.

Code CMP-3005A Credits 20

Introductory Programming introduces a number of programming concepts at the start of your programming career, using a modern programming language common to many digital industries. We structure learning through lectures, delivering core materials, and tutor supported exercises to reinforce learning, and to prepare students for programming in their following studies.

Code MTHB3003B Credits 20

This module extends material beyond Basic Mathematics I and Basic Mathematics II, and takes the most useful topics from the equivalent of the Further Maths A-level syllabus: - Simple common sets. - Notions of mathematical rigour and proof by induction. - Ideas of function such as f(x)=(ax+b)/(cx+d) for curve sketching, including identifying asymptotes. - Trigonometric functions and corresponding identities, including graph sketching aided by the derivative as the slope of a curve. - The hyperbolic functions sinhx, coshx and tanhx. - The Maclaurin Series Expansions. - Matrices and determinants (2x2 and 3x3) and their link with vector-cross-product. Examples of matrix-transformations of the plane and of space. - Separable variable first-order differential equations for modelling the motion of objects (once Integration has been covered in Basic Mathematics II). E.g. a car decelerating within a specified breaking distance; a body falling with air-resistance. All this has proved to set up students well for what follows in the degree course.

For further years' module information please check out our BSc Physics.

## Important Information:

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

## Entry Requirements

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6 subjects at H4

### Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.

Overall 60%

28 points

### GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  Science A Levels must include a pass in the practical element.

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds.  If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.

If you are currently studying your level 3 qualifications, we may be able to give you a reduced grade offer based on these circumstances:

â€¢ You live in an area with low progression to higher education (we use Polar 4, quintile 1 & 2 data)

â€¢ You will be 21 years of age or over at the start of the course

â€¢ You have been in Local Authority care

â€¢ You are studying at a school which our Outreach Team are working closely with

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Important note

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.

### Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

• IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) for foundation year entry

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see ourâ€¯full list

### Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

### Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.â€¯ We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

### Intakes

This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.
Course Reference Number: 5267085

## Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

See our Tuition Fees page for further information.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

## Course related costs

Course Reference Number: 5267085

## How to Apply

Applications need to be made via theâ€¯Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using theâ€¯UCAS Applyâ€¯option.

UCAS Applyâ€¯is an online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia isâ€¯E14.

Course Reference Number: 5267085
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
F301
Duration (years)
4
Our Foundation Year programme will prepare you with everything you need to study Physics at undergraduate level here at UEA. Youâ€™ll be equipped with all the necessary knowledge and skills needed for a successful degree, and youâ€™ll make a smooth transition into university study and research. Once youâ€™ve completed the Foundation Year, youâ€™ll progress onto your Physics degree, where youâ€™ll explore a vast range of subjects, including geophysics, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, chemical physics and quantum physics, making use of our top-class facilities and high-tech equipment. Youâ€™ll find the answers to many of the questions we face, and prepare yourself for a wealth of exciting careers.

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