This foundation degree leads to a recognised qualification after two years. It gives a rigorous grounding in all aspects of physics and is a qualification in its own right. Topics include studying the ideas of motion and mathematical techniques alongside developing practical skills in the laboratory. If you achieve high grades in your first year, you can transfer to Year Two of our BSc (Hons) Physics or BSc (Hons) Physics with Nuclear Technology courses, meaning you can gain a BSc (Hons) in three years. Alternatively, upon successfully completing your FdSc course, you can: Study for one extra calendar year and be awarded our BSc (Hons) Technological Physics, which emphasises practical applications. Join year 2 of our BSc (Hons) Physics, BSc (Hons) Physics with Nuclear Technology or BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics courses, meaning you can gain a BSc (Hons) in four years of study. Qualify with FdSc Physics and go on to secure positions such as laboratory technician, IT assistant or research assistant. **Why study Physics at NTU?** We’ve got a great reputation. We’re rated as one of the best UK universities for teaching. At the 2015 Guardian University Awards the judges said that "in terms of teaching excellence it came down to NTU versus NTU!" + We get consistently high scores in the National Student Survey. In the most recent survey (2016) 96 percent of our Physics and Astronomy students say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and 97 percent say staff are good at explaining things. + We have inspiring learning environments. We have a custom-built on-campus observatory recognised by the International Astronomical Union, a radio telescope, a CT scanner, new microscopes, MRI scanners, a scanning tunneling microscope and an ionising radiation laboratory. + We provide innovative accredited courses. Our pioneering courses and research are carried out in close collaboration with global partners, giving students skills and knowledge which are highly relevant to industry. Our MSci and BSc physics courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). + We're delivering research with impact. Physics staff contribute to research in several areas including Superhydrophobic Surfaces, Medical Resonance Imaging, Art Conservation and Space Weather. NTU has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research – the highest national award achievable. Every year we offer 10 paid summer placement places in our research groups, giving students hands-on experience of cutting edge research. + We’re one of the top universities for offering placements. Our courses offer placement opportunities in the UK or abroad, giving you real-life experience employers are looking for, recent placements include CERN, E.ON, The Netherlands Forensic Institute and Diamond Light Source. + We’ve got an excellent employability record. Over 94 percent of NTU graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving.