Number of credits: 40

Entry requirements: Equivalent to at least C grade GCSE in Physics


To provide a basic understanding in physics and its associated skills together with the skills of independent learning.

Intended learning outcomes

Assessable outcomes

Knowledge and understanding to A-level equivalent of the major areas of physics including mechanics, fields, gravitation, electricity, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, vibrations, waves, optics, matter, heat, thermodynamics, atoms and nuclei.

Additional outcomes

Ability to learn independently through reading, plan a study programme to meet deadlines, work flexibly and use a variety of learning resources.

Outline content

The module covers how basic materials behave, from solids, liquids and gases to the smallest fundamental particles. It also looks at more abstract idea such as how electric fields and magnetic fields interact to produce forces and generate electricity. Complex mathematics allows us to work out how satellites orbit and bullets fall while in flight while understanding the electromagnetic spectrum show the wide range of uses (and dangers) of this energy source. The content is defined in terms of the Flexible Learning Approach to Physics modules.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module consists of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work, with emphasis on independent study.

Student views of this module

Ahmet Ulusan (Northern Cyprus)

'I chose to study Physics because it is my favourite subject and I find it interesting and attractive. It is also one of the compulsory modules for my degree which is Electronic Engineering.

Physics makes us think about physical incidents and learn how to use our brains to solve physical problems. Also we learn how to behave in the lab and how to do exciting experiments. The Physics module needs hard work but if you organise yourself and plan your study programme, being successful is not a problem and you will be ready for your degree programme.'

Obiara Uyanna (Nigeria)

'I chose to study Physics because I feel that it is essential for my further studies in Engineering and because I enjoy Physics as a subject.

I have found it a bit difficult getting used to the new system of teaching but it has been interesting to learn the theories behind certain phenomena. These are only fully grasped by attending the classes.

I would advise future students studying this module to study hard and release your imagination as things are not as complicated as they look.'

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