Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Physics
with a Foundation Year

Unlock your future with physics: open up exciting career options in cyber security, medical physics or the space industry.

2023 entry

This is an archived course for 2023 entry.

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Starting
2023
Typical offer

Course overview

Physics gives you the tools to understand our world at a fundamental level, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the large-scale structure of the universe. Our dedicated foundation year will give you the knowledge and skills needed for entry to any of our physics, astrophysics, astronomy or space science degrees.

This course is designed for science students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree courses. It is also an excellent conversion course for applicants who have shown academic ability in non-science subjects. We consider applicants without traditional academic qualifications who have relevant professional experience. 

Successful completion of the foundation year allows you to move on  to any of our physics, astrophysics, astronomy or space science degrees, including the four-year integrated Master's (MPhys).

You'll also develop the transferable skills to open up a world of job opportunities, leading to careers in research, aeronautics, engineering, medical physics, defence, teaching, finance and data analytics.

Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Why study Physics at Kent?

A professional placement

Your Physics degree opens the door to lots of exciting careers; taking a professional placement year helps you discover some of those options.

Flexible curriculum.

You'll be able to move between our courses in the earlier years, ensuring you are studying the best course for you.

Lots to discover.

Exploring all areas of physics was important to Lucy Abbott, which is why she chose to study at Kent – that and the friendly atmosphere.

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What's new?

You'll discover the latest developments in areas such as quantum materials and medical imaging from innovative teachers who are also active researchers.

Get hands-on experience.

You'll use newly-refurbished physics and astronomy labs, a photonics centre and the Beacon Observatory with optical telescope.

Everything you need to know about our Physics course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
CCD / BCC
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

In your first year, you focus on the foundations of physics and develop your mathematical, experimental and programming skills. As you progress, you deepen your understanding of modern physics, conducting open-ended laboratory investigations.

How you'll study

You’ll receive extensive practical training in our labs and understand the real-world applications of what you learn. Practical sessions are supplemented with a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures and problem-solving workshops as well as team and individual projects.

Fabulous facilities.

You'll enjoy using our impressive facilities, testing theories in practice.

Your future

You’ll graduate with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience, as well as a toolbox of transferable skills highly sought after by employers. These include excellent communication and problem-solving skills; analytical thinking; effective time management; and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. Typical graduate destinations include:

  • cyber security
  • finance and banking
  • medical physics
  • postgraduate research
  • software development
  • space industry.

Read some of their stories, and find out about the range of support and extra opportunities available to further your career potential.

Impressive prospects
Discover what our graduates did next, including Greg Davies, now working in climate science and disaster risk management.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £16,400
  • International
    £21,900

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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We are no longer taking applications for the 2023/24 academic year. Please visit the 2024 online prospectus for a list of current undergraduate courses.

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