Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Science, Engineering and Nursing: Physics ADED11415E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides an introduction to Physics, focusing on the key skills and ideas essential to Level 1 courses in Sciences and Engineering.


Blocks 1 and 2

3 hours per week for 22 weeks, plus 1 revision week

Tuesdays 18.30-21.30


Saturdays 14.00-17.00

At enrolment, students will be asked to select one of the two sessions. There will be no opportunity to change session.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



One in-class test, one scientific essay, one presentation, and one lab report (each weighted at 12.5%, totalling 50%)


Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable students to put in place basic Physics understanding and skills needed for Level 1 undergraduate study in Physical Science or Engineering

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ Explain the concepts involved in basic Physics ideas (for example, Law of Dynamics, Waves and Optics, Electricity)

■ Solve real world Physics problems involving by carrying out algebraic, trigonometric and numerical operations, as needed for Level 1 Science courses

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.