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F662 BSc Geophysics with Foundation Year

The one-year course provides an introduction to mathematics, mechanics, computer programming, electricity & electronics and engineering principles and provides the skills required to study successfully for an undergraduate degree.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for BSc Geophysics with Foundation Year at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Geophysics with Foundation Year and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of BSc Geophysics with Foundation Year.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Overview

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The foundation year is the preliminary year (often called 'Year 0') of a four- or five-year programme. By applying for this course you are expressing a general interest in moving on to the BSc (Hons) Geophysical Sciences (UCAS code F640) degree. Providing you achieve the stipulated marks in each subject you will have a guaranteed place on one of these courses for the following year.

This Foundation Year also qualifies you for entry to a range of degrees in the fields of Engineering, Maths and Physics at the University of Southampton.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Applications should be made through UCAS using the relevant UCAS code for your discipline:

 

Engineering courses:

BEng Acoustical Engineering with Foundation Year (H340)

MEng Acoustical Engineering with Foundation Year (H016)

BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics with Foundation Year (H420)

MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics with Foundation Year (H410)

BEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year (H220)

MEng Civil Engineering with Foundation Year (H209)

MEng Civil Engineering with Architecture with Foundation Year (H2K1)

MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering with Foundation Year (H202)

BSc Computer Science with Foundation Year (I100)

MEng Computer Science with Foundation Year (I101)

BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year (H604)

MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year (H605)

BEng Electrical Engineering with Foundation Year (H621)

MEng Electrical Engineering with Foundation Year (H622)

BEng Electromechanical Engineering with Foundation Year (H360)

MEng Electromechanical Engineering with Foundation Year (H631)

BEng Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year (H612)

MEng Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year (H613)

BEng Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year (H421)

MEng Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year (J512)

BEng Ship Science with Foundation Year (H518)

MEng Ship Science with Foundation Year (H510)

BEng Software Engineering with Foundation Year (I300)

MEng Software Engineering with Foundation Year (I303)

 

Geophysics courses:

BSc Geophysics with Foundation Year (F662)

 

Maths courses:

BSc Maths with Foundation Year (DG1R)

MMaths with Foundation Year (BG1M)

 

Physics courses:

BSc Physics with Foundation Year (F301)

MPhys Physics with Foundation Year (F305)

 

For more information, contact the Engineering, Physics and Geophysics Foundation Admissions Team:

Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3113

Email: foundyr@soton.ac.uk

Accreditation

The majority of our degree courses carry professional accreditation.

Programme Structure

The Engineering/Geophysics/Maths/Physics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course.

Key Facts

A route to a degree in a physical sciences subject for students without the traditional entry qualifications

Designed to build up your competance in maths and physics

Usually almost half of our Foundation Year students are from overseas, and up to a third are mature students (over 21)

Taught on the University's Highfield Campus.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

If you have not taken mathematics and/or physics at A-Level then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Our offer for students who have studied A-Levels is typically ABB. All applicants need Grade B in GCSE Maths and Grade C in GCSE English Language.

GCE A-level ABB (cannot include subjects suitable for direct entry, normally Mathematics and Physics)

IB:
QualificationGrade
International BaccalaureateA typical offer for the IB is 32 points overall. Please note that we cannot accept subjects that make you eligible for direct entry (for example both maths and physics at Higher Level).
BTEC National Diploma:

Typical offer for National Diploma (18 Units) in an engineering subject is DDD, to include Distinctions in Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians units.

Other qualifications:

If you have UK qualifications not listed above, your application will be considered on an individual basis. Visit our International Office pages for more information in entry requirements for international students.

If you can show a proven ability in mathematics and science, but you come from a region or country where an A-Level equivalent qualification is not available, you may be considered for the Foundation Year.

Mature applicants:

We welcome applications from mature applicants (aged over 21). Applicants will need to demonstrate recent study (in the last two years) or work experience relevant to your preferred subject area. Study could include for example an A level, a relevant Level 3 Access course, or a 60 Credit Level 1 Open University module. You will also need to demonstrate an aptitude for mathematics; applicants may be required to take our own maths test. Applicants may also be invited to an individual interview. Please contact us for more information before applying.

English language

For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here

Selection process:
Intake:
140 (overall intake for Engineering, Physics and Geophysics Foundation)
Average applications per place:
12

Each application is considered individually. However, you need to demonstrate an aptitude for maths, either through recent study or by taking our maths test.

Each BSc Geophysics degree application is considered individually. However, you need to demonstrate an aptitude for maths, either through recent study or by taking our Maths test. For mature applicants we look for recent study (for example completed Open University modules) or relevant work experience.

More details about entry and selection are on the University of Southampton's Engineering, Physics and Geophysics Foundation Year pages.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Whatever degree you are aiming for, you will take all of the modules listed below. In addition you will be expected to complete coursework in all subjects. The year is divided into two semesters, each lasting 15 weeks. Modules last for two semesters.

 

 

Year 1

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Successfully completing the Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to the majority of our engineering, physics and geophysics courses. Our engineering courses carry professional accreditation and offer excellent career prospects.

Graduates who have entered our degrees through the Foundation Year have progressed to a variety of exciting engineering, science and technology roles in the private and public sectors, as well as to self employment and consultancy, both in the UK and overseas.

For more information please visit specific subject pages.

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and learning

Our students acquire knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group assignments. You will develop the transferable skills for degree success.

Ground-breaking research

The University has an excellent reputation for research in engineering and science. You will be taught by staff at the cutting edge of their research fields in an environment that promotes and values independent enquiry and helps you to develop these skills for yourselves.

Assessment and examinations

You will be assessed through unseen written exams, short tests, assessed coursework in the form of laboratory log books and reports, problems and other set assignments.

Study Locations

Highfield campus

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