Gateway to Physics and Engineering
Gateway to Physics and Engineering at St Andrews and Heriot-Watt Universities
We have launched an innovative programme to provide a new opportunity for entry to physics and/or engineering at St Andrews and Heriot-Watt Universities. This is a gateway to both physics and engineering, and it is a gateway to progression to second-year in our existing degree programmes for talented school leavers who will benefit from the additional opportunties provided to assist their first year study.
for the existing programmes is so high that our asking
rates have had to rise to a level that means that even
very talented pupils in many parts of the country may
find it difficult to gain entry (eg AAAA has been the published
typical asking rate at Higher for entry to the traditional physics and
astronomy programmes at St Andrews for the last few years). To address this
issue, we now offer a “Gateway” programme
that will provide a highly-interactive first year university
education in physics, maths and study skills for suitably
qualified students. At the end of first year this will
open up progression to second-year in degree programme
possibilities at either institution. These can range from
“pure” theoretical physics to “applied”
electronic engineering as appropriate.
Aimed particularly at talented school leavers
a) in Scotland with expected four Highers including maths and physics of at least grade B, and
b) as international applicants with appropriate qualifications
- Recognition of the disadvantage faced by portions of the school population
- Recognition of the benefit that may come from special additional learning / skill development for some students from overseas, and students in particular circumstances in the UK
- Highly supported first year taught at the University of St Andrews, with input also from Heriot-Watt University staff
- 30-40 contact hours per week
- About half the academic credits in the Gateway entry year come from existing St Andrews physics and mathematics modules, half from specially designed new modules
- The time for the new modules comes from reducing the subject spread that is often part of the traditional first year of an ancient Scottish University
- Students are integrated with other first year students, but with additional learning opportunities
- At the end of a successful “Gateway” first year students choose which University to progress to at second year.
- Progression to St Andrews degree programmes at level two from the Gateway first year requires a mean grade of 11 on the St Andrews 20 point scale, and no module at less than grade 7.
- Progression to Heriot-Watt based degree programmes at level two subject to standard Heriot-Watt progression rules (broadly, passing all the modules at grade 7 or above).
- Wide-ranging choice for degree programme including theoretical physics, physics, astrophysics, engineering physics, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and more, dependent on level-one grades
- Registration for the “Gateway” first year as students at the University of St Andrews and with recognition of the link with Heriot-Watt University.
- Applications can be made to St Andrews University via UCAS
- Entrance bursaries of up to £4000 from the University of St Andrews may be applied for by those with particular financial need
|Year or level||Heriot-Watt Engineering||
|Gateway Route||St Andrews Physics||St Andrews Alternative|
level one modules
|Heriot-Watt level one modules||
Physics and Engineering
Gateway Year at St Andrews
Gateway Maths for Physicists
Gateway Physics Skills 1A
Gateway Physics Skills 1B
|Two||Heriot-Watt Physics, Maths, Engineering, etc||Heriot-Watt Physics, Maths, etc||
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Progression from Gateway entry year to student choice of degree programme, dependent on level one grades.
|St Andrews Physics and Maths etc||St Andrews Physics and Maths etc|
|Three||Heriot-Watt level three programme||Heriot-Watt level three programme||.||St Andrews Physics or Theoretical Physics||St Andrews Maths or Maths & Physics|
|Four to BSc or BEng (Hons)||Heriot-Watt Engineering||Heriot-Watt Physics||.||St Andrews Physics or Theoretical Physics||St Andrews Maths or Maths & Physics|
|Five to MPhys or MEng (Hons)||Heriot-Watt Engineering||Heriot-Watt Physics||.||St Andrews Physics or Theoretical Physics||St Andrews Maths or Maths & Theoretical Physics|
Note: St Andrews Maths 1001 may be bypassed for students with sufficiently good prior qualifications.
The Gateway programme runs for the first time in 2010-11, and is being piloted initially for three years.
Potential students are advised to apply to the University of St Andrews through UCAS to course code FH31 for BSc and FH3C for MPhys.
An admissions decision will be made by the University of St Andrews with consulation with Heriot-Watt, depending on academic record and personal circumstances. As always, the decision will be based on a judgement of potential to succeed and excel academically on the programme, with note being taken of the background of the applicant. Successful applicants will formally be admitted to the University of St Andrews, but will have input from Heriot-Watt teaching staff in the Gateway year. Dependent on success in level one students have the option to progress to the appropriate level two programmes in either university.
Links to further information
- St Andrews School of Physics and Astronomy
- St Andrews pages for potential students of physics and astronomy
- UCAS Overview for St Andrews physics and astronomy
- Heriot-Watt School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Informal enquiries please to email@example.com or
Dr Bruce Sinclair, Director of Teaching, School of Physics
and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16
9SS. 01334 463103
Dr Graham Crowder, Director of Undergraduate Studies (Physics), School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS. 0131 451 3051
updated BDS 8.9.10