How to apply
Advice to applicants
Our primary selection criteria are based on academic achievements and potential. The personal statement is not normally used to distinguish applicants as long as it is sensibly written and in good English. Applicants to this course can change to any of our Physics-based degree courses at any time up to the start of the academic year.
Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests
We would be interested in any work experience, although we realise that this is very difficult to find in relevant areas.
Use of contextual data
We make our interviewers aware of which applicants hold a WP or WP Plus Flag and what impact this could potentially have on their interview performance. We also consider the Widening Participation status of an applicant after the confirmation of exam results, and may offer a place on the course to an applicant holding a WP or WP Plus Flag who has narrowly missed the grades required.
Please note, contextual data only applies to UK applicants under the age of 21; for further information please visit the contextual data page of our website.
All promising applicants are invited to a visit day which includes an academic interview. The interview is used to provide additional information in borderline cases and to give applicants the opportunity to talk to one of our academic staff on an individual basis.
Returning to education
We welcome applicants who are returning to education and are as flexible as possible when making offers.
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
We are happy to consider applicants from overseas. We have no quota limitations for overseas applicants.
We are happy to consider applicants who wish to defer. We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's Gap Year plans change.
Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.
Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting
We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in different sittings.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.
We are happy to consider students who want to transfer from other courses within the University. Transfers from other institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.