“I graduated in 1999 (Computational Physics) and found having a Physics degree opened many possible career doors. Opting initially for accounting I worked for five years as a Corporate Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, qualifying as a chartered accountant in the process. However, having got married (to another of the Physics class of 99!) family life was on my mind. I was also hearing the call of my first love - Physics. One year of re-training later and I began teaching Physics at George Watson’s College where I am still happily educating and entertaining. My Physics programme notes from all those years ago are proving a very valuable asset when developing Advanced Higher Physics investigations, as are the laboratory skills developed in my first two undergraduate years.”
“The undergraduate Physics programme left me with a passion and excitement about the world we live in that I try to pass on to all pupils I encounter, hoping to inspire them to study Physics at university level.“
SchoolBeath High School, Cowdenbeath
Degree Physics with Education
Present jobPhysics Teacher
"My ambition since leaving school was to one day return and teach Physics. This has been made possible by the excellent course and tuition provided at Heriot-Watt. Through their expertise, care and dedication (and a bit of hard work from myself) I graduated with an Honours degree in 'Physics with Education'."
The University offers as its normal entry routes:
entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).
There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.
Level 1 entry
Irish Leaving Cert (Higher) AACCC
HNC B in graded unit. Relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
Scottish Baccalaureate pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
Additional information Entry normally to include Physics and Mathematics; B at Highers; or B at Advanced Highers or A-Level. Total qualifications would correspond to at least 300 revised UCAS Tariff points.
Level 2 entry
Advanced Highers BB and Highers
HNC A in graded unit. Relevant HNC - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
HND BBC in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
Scottish Baccalaureate distinction with AB in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
Additional information A range of alternative qualifications may be accepted including good qualifications in non-scientific subjects and mature applicants with appropriate work experience. Advanced qualifications should be in Physics and Mathematics. We expect further qualifications (H, AH or A) in different topics, which would bring the UCAS Tariff points score to at least 300.
Level 3 entry
HND AAB in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
Tuition fees for 2015 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales
Paid by SAAS
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Expro Engineering Sponsorship Programme(EPS) Full-time second year students on the Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree programmes. Third and fourth year students may be considered but priority is given to second year students.