BSc

Physics with Education

BSc Physics with Education Code F3X3

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Key Facts

F3X3
  • UCAS Tariff

    112 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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Physics with Education at Aberystwyth University is an interdisciplinary programme combining the expertise and ingenuity of two departments. The degree will introduce you to the broad spectrum of physics - what is arguably the most important of the natural sciences - alongside essential theories and concepts of education. While you study you will gain a range of transferable skills and will be prepared theoretically and practically for a postgraduate PGCE. You will be able to apply for PGCE teacher training courses at either Primary or Secondary level. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for PGCE at Aberystwyth.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall satisfaction with Learning Resources for the subject of Education; 85% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

92% overall student satisfaction in the subject of Physics, 86% for the sector (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

93% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, in line with the figure for Physical Science graduates nationally, also 93% (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Physics with Education at Aberystwyth University? 

  • Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth since its foundation in 1872 and it continues to be an innovative learning experience for all.
  • 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, namely 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

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.

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

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Modern Physics PH14310 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Datblygiad a Dysgu Plant AD14520 20
The Learner and the Learning Environment * ED13820 20
Children's Development and Learning ED14520 20
Calculus * MP10610 10
Classical Physics * PH11010 10
Forces and Energy * PH11120 20
Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (10 Credits) * PH15510 10
Algebra and Differential Equations * PH16210 10
Classical Dynamics * PM14010 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Our graduates have discovered career paths in:

  • medical physics
  • radiation protection
  • science research

Other graduates from our department have sought careers in:

  • systems development
  • product development
  • technical writing
  • meteorology

Employability is embedded across all of our teaching and ethics. We instil these skills in 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. 

Learning & Teaching

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 analog 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?

You will be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work.

You will be assessed 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

UCAS Tariff 112 - 120

A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in Physics and B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with B in A level Physics and B in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Physics and Mathematics

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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