Environmental Science and Physics - BSc (Hons)

Explore the science and wider social, economic and ethical issues behind the worlds environmental challenges and gain insight into how the world works. Our accredited Environmental Science and Physics BSc will equip you with the knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to drive positive environmental change and gain employment in a wide variety of industrial sectors.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • FFX3

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Environmental Science and Physics at Keele University?

Professional accreditation pathways are available
Top 20 in the UK for Physics (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
Our unique 600-acre campus offers a fantastic natural environment to perform fieldwork
Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and the Institute of Physics. If you specialise in your final year, you will only be eligible for the accreditation aligned to the subject you have chosen to specialise in.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Sustainability is at the heart of our programme

At Keele we're leading the sector in sustainability, not just in our ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030 but also through our teaching and our ground-breaking research into climate change and renewable technologies. 

We are proud to be named Global Sustainability Institution of the Year (International Green Gown Awards, 2021), which demonstrates our commitment to embedding sustainability into all that we do.

From the benefits to businesses to green their operations, employment opportunities in the field of sustainability and the implications of economic developments on the natural environment - sustainability modules are embedded throughout our programme


Find out more about Keele’s commitment to sustainability.

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Sam, Physics

"Studying Physics at Keele is a very enjoyable experience filled with opportunity and self-progression. Support is there for every turn whenever it is needed. Whenever I got so stuck on a problem or module that it seemed impossible, a lecturer has always been able to provide a clear, understandable explanation which has greatly helped me progress."

Sam, Physics

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The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment interactive guided tour

Use the interactive tour to explore Keele's state of the art science facilities and our beautiful living-laboratory campus that we use to enrich your learning experience.

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

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.

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Physics programme, our Foundation Year can provide an alternative route into your degree. 

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 community from the outset, and you will have access to a range of support.

Read on to find out about:

  • Foundation Year indicative modules for the September intake
  • Foundation Year entry requirements
  • How to apply 
  • UCAS code for this course

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

COURSE CONTENT

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. 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.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Physics degree. For example, the Foundations of Physics module will introduce you to the mathematical skills needed to solve problems in physics at level 3 while studying fundamental equations and concepts in classical physics. In addition, the Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment module will provide knowledge of the basic underlying principles and concepts associated with the origins, evolution and structure of the Earth as a system. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. 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

COURSE STRUCTURE

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.

SEMESTER ONE MODULES

FYO-00185 Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits
FYO-00215 Foundations of Mathematical Methods 15 credits
FYO-00205 Foundations of Physics 15 credits
FYO-00193 Foundations of Geography, Geology and the Environment 15 credits

SEMESTER TWO MODULES

FYO-00209 Advancing Physics 15 credits
FYO-00231 Advancing Mathematical Methods 15 credits
FYO-00195 Advancing Geography, Geology and the Environment 30 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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 KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

HOW TO APPLY 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code: F913) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

DIRECT ENTRY STUDENTS

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

International students who do not meet the entry requirements for this integrated Foundation Year course may be eligible to study an International Foundation Year stand alone programme.

Please visit the International Foundation Year pages for information on how to apply, entry requirements and course details.

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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