University of Surrey
Physics with Quantum Technologies with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)
University of Surrey

Key Course Facts


Salary of Graduates in Physics

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Physics at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £27500 £31500
25-75 percentile range £26500 - £31000 £20500 - £33000 £24000 - £38500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Physics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27959 £29015 £34497
25-75 percentile range £23959 - £31947 £22931 - £36583 £26874 - £45969

Course Description

Foundation courses A foundation year can develop your skills and make it easier to get started at university. It is an extra year of study at the start of your course that leads in to a full degree programme. It’s a great option if:

You don’t have the grades for a full degree course You have non-traditional qualifications or experience You’re starting university after some time away from education You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study.

Life as a foundation year student During a foundation year you’ll learn about your chosen subject, develop your study skills and get used to university life. On successful completion of your foundation year, you’ll be ready to progress to the first year of your degree course.

As a foundation year student, you’ll be a full student of the University and part of our community. You’ll have access to all our campus facilities and support.

Why choose this course Our BSc and MPhys Physics with Quantum Technologies courses teach you about the quantum world, opening the door to a wealth of opportunities in both industry and academia.

Quantum technologies harness the unusual features of the quantum world to perform tasks that are difficult with conventional technologies alone.

These courses cover the full spectrum of this exciting and rapidly developing field – from lasers and photonics, to quantum information and quantum computing.

Two unique aspects of both courses are:

Our placement programme:

  • Within the BSc, the option to take a paid Professional Training placement in industry gives you invaluable hands-on experience to enhance your employability.

  • On our MPhys course, you’ll take a year-long, masters-level integrated research placement. This can be in one of our world-leading research groups or at one of our international partner institutions.

Our focus on undergraduate research and innovation:

  • All undergraduates have the opportunity to apply for paid 8-10 week summer placements with our research groups and those of our South East Physics Network partners.

  • We offer in-house grants that students can apply for to fund a research placement, attend a research conference or develop a new business idea.

What you will study This course combines elements of traditional physics with the study of quantum technologies at the time they’re moving into real-world applications.

You’ll learn about existing quantum technologies, such as the devices used to transmit internet data and those behind the lasers in Blu-ray players.

During your first year, you can switch between any of our specialist physics courses. You can apply to study for either a BSc or an MPhys (Master of Physics), a direct route to a masters qualification. On an MPhys, you’ll spend a year doing integrated research before returning for your final masters-level modules.

You may have the option to switch to a BSc or MPhys during your studies.

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Physics with Quantum Technologies with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physics with Quantum Technologies with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) at University of Surrey

40% Information Technology Professionals
15% Natural and social science professionals
10% Engineering professionals
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Finance Professionals
5% Other Health Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Physics

Qualification requirements

Overall: CCD We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required Subjects: Mathematics grade C and Physics or Chemistry.

Overall: BBCCC Required Subjects: Maths and Physics or Chemistry GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C. Maths : Scottish National 5 - C

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 18 at Distinction, 3 at Merit and and 24 at Pass Required Subjects: Maths and Physics or Chemistry GCSE or Equivalent: Inclusion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalent within Access programme

Overall: CCD Required Subjects: Maths grade C and Physics or Chemistry GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C. Maths : Scottish National 5 - C

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Overall: 28 Required Subjects: Maths and Physics or Chemistry GCSE or Equivalent: English, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths Studies, SL4.

Overall: MMM, with an additional A Level Mathematics, grade C Required Subjects: Maths and Physics or Chemistry

Overall: Pass overall with CCD from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required Subjects: Mathematics grade C and Physics or Chemistry

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element

We are proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK, with more than 140 nationalities playing a role in university life. We are here to help you throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to a

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Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Physics with Quantum Technologies with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of University of Surrey in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Surrey in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #28 
    • #201 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #21 
    • #314 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #12 
    • #16 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #22 
    • #401 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #23 
    • #451 
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #17 
    • #22 
    Physics & Astronomy
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #17 
    • #201 
    Physics & Astronomy
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

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About University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a government funded research university located in Guildford, England. The university’s stated goals are to become a leading global university performing important research and innovation, creating great researchers and achieving outcomes which make important contributions to society.

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