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Foundation Year Course Modules

Compulsory Modules (80 Credits)

Code: PHY-3001Y Credits: 20

The purpose of this module is to introduce the Physics Foundation Year students to some of the key skills and challenges within the Physical Sciences. The fundamental knowledge and concepts of FHEQ 3 Physics are presented in PHY-3011A and PHY-3010B. This module will teach the discipline specific skills and introduce the opportunities afforded by a degree in physics. We will give the Physics Foundation Year cohort an academic home and sense of identity. The module will begin by supporting students in their arrival at university and helping them to build a support network with their peers, who they will study alongside for the next four years. In semester 2, the module will then focus skills such as academic writing, sourcing, evaluating and utilising scientific evidence, experimental design and analysis and interpretation of data. The module will utilise the Palgrave Foundations Physics textbook. This is the recommended textbook for foundation year physicists. We will make particular use of the extra content sections that gently introduce some of the cutting-edge achievements and challenges of physics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Important Notice 

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. 

You will be assigned an academic adviser for the duration of your studies. They’ll help guide your course choices and help to ensure you are keeping up with the necessary studies. In you first year of study, compulsory modules will include both physics and mathematics, alongside which you’ll be offered optional modules in chemistry and computing. You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams.  

For information on subsequent years of this course, please see the full BSc Physics course profile. 

Our teaching combines lectures, small-group seminars, workshops and practical sessions, and some include an element of programming. 

Our group sessions are informal and allow you raise questions related to lectures and find solutions to problems set by tutors. We actively encourage you to discuss academic matters with your tutors on a one-to-one basis. 

You’ll use laboratory sessions to perform experiments based on subjects from the lecture programme. They’ll be supervised by lecturers or postgraduate students, who will discuss the theory behind them and will ensure that experiments are safely executed. 

Independent study 

You will have plenty of opportunity for independent study throughout your degree programme as you complete coursework and prepare for exams. However, your final year research project will truly exemplify your independent work, allowing you to get to grips with an aspect of physics that really interests you. 

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. 

Your foundation year results will not count towards your final degree classification, but they are important should you wish to transfer to a different degree programme. 


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Entry Requirements

A Levels


T Levels

Obtain an overall Pass including a C in the core of the T Level and a Pass in the Occupational Specialism. Any subject is acceptable.



Scottish highers


Scottish highers advanced


Irish leaving certificate

6 subjects at H4

Access course

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall 60%

International Baccalaureate

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. 

Additional entry requirements

UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes. 

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.   

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.  

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.


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.  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.  


This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.  
Course Reference Number: 6968336

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees  

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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. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course Reference Number: 6968336

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.  

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. 

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started.  

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information: 

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Course Reference Number: 6968336
Key details
Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
Entry Requirements
Duration (years)
Our Foundation Year programme will prepare you with everything you need to study Physics at undergraduate level here at UEA. You’ll be equipped with all the necessary knowledge and skills needed for a successful degree, and you’ll make a smooth transition into university study and research. Once you’ve completed the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto your Physics degree, where you’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. You’ll find the answers to many of the questions we face, and prepare yourself for a wealth of exciting careers.
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