BSc

Physics with Education

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Key Facts

Code F3X3
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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The Physics with Education course is an interdisciplinary programme combining the expertise of two departments. The Physics with Education degree will introduce you to the broad spectrum of what is arguably the most important of the natural sciences, alongside essential theories and concepts of education. In studying for the Physics with Education degree you will gain a range of transferable skills and you will be properly prepared theoretically and practically for a postgraduate PGCE.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Physics and Astronomy (NSS 2016)
Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Education (NSS 2016)

Department of Physics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 21% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, DLHE 2017

School of Education: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Education graduates nationally (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Physics with Education at Aberystwyth University? 

  • Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth since its foundation and it continues to be an innovative learning experience for all
  • You will study in a University that is top 4 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2016)
  • You will be taught by experts in their field
  • Our Researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project and engineering low dimensional materials (i.e. graphene).

Students on this course have the opportunity to contribute significantly towards:

  • Humanitarian and aid programmes
  • Public engagement with social issues
  • Sustainable development
  • Global rights for all
  • Improvements in public well-being
Our Staff

Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

Modules

Employability

Our graduates have discovered career paths in:

  • Medical physicist
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research Scientist

Other graduates from our department have sought careers in:

  • Systems developer
  • Product development
  • Technical author
  • Meteorologists

 

Employability is embedded across all of our teaching and ethics. We instil these skills to our students:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

 What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year you will discover:

  • Classical and modern physics
  • Computational and experimental physics
  • Policies and Issues in Education 
  • Child development 
  • How young children learn
  • Dynamics
  • Basic principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields
  • Astronomy
  • Energy Sources and their environmental impacts

In the second year you will explore:

  • Thermal physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Psychology in learning and thinking
  • Experimental analogue electronics
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Instrumentation systems

In your final year you will investigate:

  • Semiconductor physics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Optronics
  • Condensed Matter
  • Critically reflect learning and thinking skills
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Numerical Methods

How will I be taught?

We teach our students through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work.

 We assess our students through coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations.

 Further information:

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

Everyday Physics enhances your understanding of the universe and everything we experience. Passionate scientists inform you of their contributions to science at the forefront of physics. Your time is split between gaining hands-on laboratory experience using exciting equipment including lasers, oscilloscopes and spectrometers, and lectures that will inspire and interest you. Each module challenges your intelligence and allows you to gain knowledge that most people benefit from but do not know exists. Students achieve excellence, and stretch their minds. It requires time and effort, but the skills and understanding you gain are second to none. Sarah Chandler

I simply love my course because the topics we discuss are interesting and relevant to the world of childhood. The lecturers are very passionate about the subject which is also reflected in the varied ways in which we are assessed - we even had the opportunity to design our own game! Much more hands-on and realistic when working with children than a dry exam! Overall, my confidence in a variety of topics and my abilities have been strengthened, which is always a good thing in any career. I would definitely recommend Aberystwyth University and the course to anyone who is interested in working with children, and I can assure you that you are given great support by staff in any kind of academic situation! Caroline Korell

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject and B in A level Mathematics

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
Pass overall with 60% in Physics and 60% in Mathematics

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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