Astrophysics and Data Science - BSc (Hons)
Discover more about our universe and explore how the analysis of big data representing natural phenomena can be effectively tackled. Our Astrophysics and Data Science BSc (Hons) will provide you with the advanced critical thinking, mathematical and problem-solving skills to prepare you for the career of the future.
Why study Astrophysics and Data Science at Keele University?
Accreditation and professional recognition
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics unless you specialise in Data Science in your final year, in which case there is no accreditation available.
"As a Fraud Analyst, I use the skills I developed as an astrophysics undergraduate to identify and solve complex problems"
Central Science Laboratories
Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.
This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.
Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.
This combined honours Foundation Year is a two-semester programme that provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Astrophysics and Data Science degree. For example, the Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming module will introduce you to the key principles of Computer Science and programming, while the Advancing Physics module you enables you to move beyond Newtonian physics as we start to apply our skills to other areas such as quantum physics and relativity. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.
Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.
The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.
|FYO-00275||Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming||15 credits|
|FYO-00215||Foundations of Mathematical Methods||15 credits|
|Foundations of Physics||15 credits|
|FY0-000185||Practical and Academic Skills in Science||15 credits|
|FYO-00225||Advancing Programming||15 credits|
|FYO-00227||Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design||15 credits|
|FYO-00209||Advancing Physics||15 credits|
|FYO-00231||Advancing Mathematical Methods||15 credits|
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
- Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
- Relevant work experience
- GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or
- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)
- GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above
How to Apply
UK students should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com
Please apply for the Astrophysics with Foundation Year course (F513). Following the submission of your application you will be contacted by a member of our team to confirm your second subject.
Direct Entry Students
If you are a UK student, already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.
Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.
In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.
Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.
For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.
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