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The Mathematics and Physics Foundation Year course has been specifically designed to allow you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of core mathematics and physics principles, whilst enabling you to progress to your selected BSc or integrated masters degree course upon successful completion.

Taught by a specialist team of academics, this course consists of six modules that cover core aspects of mathematics and physics. You will also develop key employability skills that will prove invaluable when you enter the workplace.

Delivered in industry-leading facilities by our highly experienced team, you will be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the knowledge required for your subsequent undergraduate degree in Mathematics BSc (Hons), Mathematics MMath (Hons)Physics BSc (Hons), Physics MPhys (Hons), Physics with Astrophysics BSc (Hons) or Physics with Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) at Northumbria.

 

The Mathematics and Physics Foundation Year course has been specifically designed to allow you to enhance your knowledge and understanding of core mathematics and physics principles, whilst enabling you to progress to your selected BSc or integrated masters degree course upon successful completion.

Taught by a specialist team of academics, this course consists of six modules that cover core aspects of mathematics and physics. You will also develop key employability skills that will prove invaluable when you enter the workplace.

Delivered in industry-leading facilities by our highly experienced team, you will be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the knowledge required for your subsequent undergraduate degree in Mathematics BSc (Hons), Mathematics MMath (Hons)Physics BSc (Hons), Physics MPhys (Hons), Physics with Astrophysics BSc (Hons) or Physics with Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) at Northumbria.

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
F232

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB3008 -

Introduction to Mechanics and Energy (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principle of mechanics such as rigid body, degree of freedom, displacement, velocity, acceleration, standard constant acceleration equations, motion under gravity, vectors motion of a projectile, moments, couples, addition of forces, Newton’s Theory of Gravitation, concept of equilibrium, free body diagrams and friction.. You will thoroughly understand about the principles of heat transfer and electrical energy which includes properties of fluids, different forms of energies, Laws of conservation of energy, simple electrical energy, combustion, conduction, convection and radiation. You will learn about study skills: to learn how to achieve effective learning, working in groups and time management. You will also be engaging with the theoretical knowledge through experimental work by learning to record observations concisely, produce diagrammatic information and graphical data representation during this module.

More information

KL3004 -

Applications of Physics (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to key physics topics through a range of industrial and practical contexts. The contexts will include space technology and astrophysics, medical applications including bioengineering and non-invasive testing, music, renewable energy technologies, geophysics and the history of physics.
The physics topics studied in this module are:
- waves and oscillations including reflection, refraction, polarisation, stationary waves, simple harmonic motion and damping.
- material properties including flow of liquids and viscosity, properties of materials and Young modulus
- particle and nuclear physics including the structure of the atom, radioactive decay, nuclear fusion and fission, luminosity of stars and blackbody radiators.
- nature of light including wave-particle duality, photoelectric effect, photovoltaic cells, absorption and emission spectra, and energy levels

More information

KL3005 -

Introduction to Logic and Algorithms (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the principles of mathematical logic and algorithms. In particular you will learn to

• learn basic types of mathematical proofs, such as proof by induction, by contradiction and by contrapositive
• use a formal language for mathematical statements that allows compact and convenient notation and how to translate it into the natural language
• offer clear and unambiguous interpretation of such statements
• implement mathematical statements into algorithms
• test your understanding using the Python programming language and the Jupyter Notebook software
• learn the methods of numerical and symbolic computations, elements of data analysis and visualization in Python

Upon completion of the module you will have acquired fundamental knowledge that is valuable in itself and will serve as the foundation in mathematics and physics, and it will also constitute an important foundation for applications. For example, software engineers strongly rely on mathematical logic theories in their work. Indeed, when dealing with applied problems, researchers have to switch between the descriptive language, mathematical language, the language of numerical methods and algorithms, and specific programming languages. The language of mathematical logic and algorithms offers a great opportunity to practice this translation between languages and is used as a powerful formalised tool for problem solving and composing mathematical proofs.

More information

KL3008 -

Foundation Trigonometry and Calculus (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about basic calculus such as graphs and equations of common functions, including trigonometric functions. The module further shows you how these mathematical concepts can be used in a variety of ways to help you in understanding and solving physical problems.

You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

1. You will learn to use of Pythagoras’ Theorem. Calculation of areas and volumes of common solids (10%)
2. You will learn to use Cartesian coordinates and simple coordinate geometry. Linear graphs. (10%)
3. You will learn to use the derivative related to the rate of change. Differentiation of standard functions. The second derivative. Maximum and minimum values of a function. (20%)
4. You will learn integration as the inverse of differentiation. Integration of standard functions. Area and definite integrals. (10%)
5. You will learn measurement of angles: degrees and radians. Right angled triangles: Pythagoras’ Theorem. Definition of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right angled triangle. Application problems. Graphs of sine and cosine functions over one cycle. Sine and cosine rules. (20%)
6. You will learn the definition of secant, cosecant, cotangent. Arc length and sector area. Definition of sine and cosine as co-ordinates on a unit circle (of angles in all quadrants). Graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent to emphasise their periodic nature. General solution to elementary trigonometric equations. Phase angle. Use of standard trigonometrical identities (Pythagorean, compound angle, double angle), in manipulation of expressions and their use in solving trigonometrical equations. (30%)

More information

KL3011 -

Foundation Algebra and Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about elementary algebra and statistics necessary to embark on a mathematics or physics degree. You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

ALGEBRA:
You will learn:
• arithmetical operations on signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation.
• square roots. Fractions. Removing brackets. The order of operations.
• substitution and evaluation of algebraic expressions.
• plotting linear and quadratic functions.
• simplification of algebraic expressions, removing brackets.
• multiplication of polynomials.
• exponents - including negative and fraction exponents.
• factorising expressions including quadratics, difference of squares.
• addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic fractions.
• solution of linear and quadratic equations - including simultaneous equations.
• the exponential and log functions.
• arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
• the binomial series.

STATISTICS:
You will learn
• representation of various types of data.
• frequency distributions: histogram, frequency polygon.
• cumulative frequency, cumulative frequency polygon.
• the mean, the mode, median.
• range, mean deviation, variance, standard deviation.

More information

KL3012 -

Principles of Electricity (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of electricity. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve electrical problems, such as resistor networks, voltage dividers, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will consider Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits, including series and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instruments. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for the generation and use of electricity in a range of applications.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB3008 -

Introduction to Mechanics and Energy (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the principle of mechanics such as rigid body, degree of freedom, displacement, velocity, acceleration, standard constant acceleration equations, motion under gravity, vectors motion of a projectile, moments, couples, addition of forces, Newton’s Theory of Gravitation, concept of equilibrium, free body diagrams and friction.. You will thoroughly understand about the principles of heat transfer and electrical energy which includes properties of fluids, different forms of energies, Laws of conservation of energy, simple electrical energy, combustion, conduction, convection and radiation. You will learn about study skills: to learn how to achieve effective learning, working in groups and time management. You will also be engaging with the theoretical knowledge through experimental work by learning to record observations concisely, produce diagrammatic information and graphical data representation during this module.

More information

KL3004 -

Applications of Physics (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to key physics topics through a range of industrial and practical contexts. The contexts will include space technology and astrophysics, medical applications including bioengineering and non-invasive testing, music, renewable energy technologies, geophysics and the history of physics.
The physics topics studied in this module are:
- waves and oscillations including reflection, refraction, polarisation, stationary waves, simple harmonic motion and damping.
- material properties including flow of liquids and viscosity, properties of materials and Young modulus
- particle and nuclear physics including the structure of the atom, radioactive decay, nuclear fusion and fission, luminosity of stars and blackbody radiators.
- nature of light including wave-particle duality, photoelectric effect, photovoltaic cells, absorption and emission spectra, and energy levels

More information

KL3005 -

Introduction to Logic and Algorithms (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the principles of mathematical logic and algorithms. In particular you will learn to

• learn basic types of mathematical proofs, such as proof by induction, by contradiction and by contrapositive
• use a formal language for mathematical statements that allows compact and convenient notation and how to translate it into the natural language
• offer clear and unambiguous interpretation of such statements
• implement mathematical statements into algorithms
• test your understanding using the Python programming language and the Jupyter Notebook software
• learn the methods of numerical and symbolic computations, elements of data analysis and visualization in Python

Upon completion of the module you will have acquired fundamental knowledge that is valuable in itself and will serve as the foundation in mathematics and physics, and it will also constitute an important foundation for applications. For example, software engineers strongly rely on mathematical logic theories in their work. Indeed, when dealing with applied problems, researchers have to switch between the descriptive language, mathematical language, the language of numerical methods and algorithms, and specific programming languages. The language of mathematical logic and algorithms offers a great opportunity to practice this translation between languages and is used as a powerful formalised tool for problem solving and composing mathematical proofs.

More information

KL3008 -

Foundation Trigonometry and Calculus (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about basic calculus such as graphs and equations of common functions, including trigonometric functions. The module further shows you how these mathematical concepts can be used in a variety of ways to help you in understanding and solving physical problems.

You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

1. You will learn to use of Pythagoras’ Theorem. Calculation of areas and volumes of common solids (10%)
2. You will learn to use Cartesian coordinates and simple coordinate geometry. Linear graphs. (10%)
3. You will learn to use the derivative related to the rate of change. Differentiation of standard functions. The second derivative. Maximum and minimum values of a function. (20%)
4. You will learn integration as the inverse of differentiation. Integration of standard functions. Area and definite integrals. (10%)
5. You will learn measurement of angles: degrees and radians. Right angled triangles: Pythagoras’ Theorem. Definition of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right angled triangle. Application problems. Graphs of sine and cosine functions over one cycle. Sine and cosine rules. (20%)
6. You will learn the definition of secant, cosecant, cotangent. Arc length and sector area. Definition of sine and cosine as co-ordinates on a unit circle (of angles in all quadrants). Graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent to emphasise their periodic nature. General solution to elementary trigonometric equations. Phase angle. Use of standard trigonometrical identities (Pythagorean, compound angle, double angle), in manipulation of expressions and their use in solving trigonometrical equations. (30%)

More information

KL3011 -

Foundation Algebra and Statistics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about elementary algebra and statistics necessary to embark on a mathematics or physics degree. You will learn the below highlighted topics which is indicative rather than prescriptive:

ALGEBRA:
You will learn:
• arithmetical operations on signed numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponentiation.
• square roots. Fractions. Removing brackets. The order of operations.
• substitution and evaluation of algebraic expressions.
• plotting linear and quadratic functions.
• simplification of algebraic expressions, removing brackets.
• multiplication of polynomials.
• exponents - including negative and fraction exponents.
• factorising expressions including quadratics, difference of squares.
• addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of algebraic fractions.
• solution of linear and quadratic equations - including simultaneous equations.
• the exponential and log functions.
• arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
• the binomial series.

STATISTICS:
You will learn
• representation of various types of data.
• frequency distributions: histogram, frequency polygon.
• cumulative frequency, cumulative frequency polygon.
• the mean, the mode, median.
• range, mean deviation, variance, standard deviation.

More information

KL3012 -

Principles of Electricity (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of electricity. You will learn about the application of electrical circuits analysis theory to solve electrical problems, such as resistor networks, voltage dividers, RC circuits and rectifiers. You will consider Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law and Kirchoff’s law extensively to assist your understanding of electrical circuit analysis. You will learn about the basic concepts and application principles of DC circuits. Topics include terms and symbols, basic electrical and electronic components/devices, electrical measurement instruments and the laws of DC circuits, including series and parallel connections. You will cover how Ohm’s law and Joule’s law are used to calculate the power supply of batteries and power consumption of resistors. You will also learn about A.C. circuits including topics like safety, terms and symbols, sine waves, AC electrical theory and AC measurement instruments. You will understand about Digital logic circuits and numbering systems: These topics include principles of NOT/AND/OR/XOR gates, terms and symbols, combinational gates, Boolean expression, truth table and circuit schematics. These topics are foundations for the generation and use of electricity in a range of applications.

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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