Direct entry to second year Physics BSc (Hons) 2021 entry
It is possible for students applying for the single Honours Physics BSc to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning it is possible to complete the degree in only three years instead of four.
This option is offered to students with excellent Advanced Higher, A-Level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.
Students who enter directly to second year will take modules required by the Physics BSc programme from second year on, bypassing first-year modules entirely.
Direct entry students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.
Advanced Highers: AA, including Physics and Mathematics
AAA, including Physics and Mathematics
38 (HL 6,6,6), including HL6 in Physics and Mathematics
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject-specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
Students must have studied Physics and Mathematics at SQA Highers and Advanced Highers, GCE A-Levels, or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidate offering strong science qualifications over and above the stated requirements.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:
Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.