Physics Open Plus Scheme

If you have a passion for Physics but have not had the opportunity to obtain formal qualifications then this route that has been specifically designed for applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements may be suitable for you.

Lancaster Physics Department is strongly committed to developing an inclusive and diverse community, our involvement in OpenPlus is an important part of this commitment, we welcome students of all ages, backgrounds apply to OpenPlus, and we accept applications at any time of the year.

How does it work?

Typically you will spend two years studying part time with the Open University (OU), allowing you to combine study with other responsibilities or full time employment. Successful completion of the required OU modules allows direct transfer into the second year of any of our physics degrees. You will then study for a further two years as a full-time student at Lancaster in order to graduate with a Lancaster University BSc degree in Physics or for three years in order to graduate with an MPhys degree.

What will I study?

During your time studying part-time with the OU you will normally be asked to successfully complete the following OU modules:

  • MST124 Essential Mathematics 1
  • MST224 Mathematical Methods
  • SS001 Skills for Practical Science
  • S217 Physics: from classical to quantum
  • SXPA288 Practical Science: physics & astronomy

This experience will give you a thorough grounding in basic physics and mathematics. Experimental work is also included to give you the experience and background knowledge necessary to undertake laboratory work in physics at degree level.

On successful completion of all the OU modules you will be equipped to transfer to Lancaster University as a full-time student to complete your degree. At Lancaster, you will study both core physics modules and the modules associated with your degree specialism. In your first year at Lancaster (year 2) fundamental topics are explained further and you will be given training in advanced mathematical techniques such as Fourier transforms. You will also be introduced to more advanced physics topics in areas such as relativity and atomic nuclei & particles. A useful transferable skill learnt in year 2 is object-oriented computer programming, an essential tool for later projects and a useful ability for future employment.

In your second year (year 3), you will see further applications of quantum mechanics in core modules, as well as taking a number of optional modules from a selection covering many of the most recent areas of discovery in physics, allowing you to explore and enjoy the range and depth of physics knowledge and graduate with a BSc. If you stay with us for a further year for an MPhys, you will hear more about the frontier topics in physics and undertake a significant research-based project working with one of our research groups.

The Open Plus Scheme is available to any of our degree schemes however if you would like to apply to Study Abroad, please ensure that we are made aware of this when you make your application.

How do I apply?

Students apply for entry to the OpenPlus scheme directly to the Physics admissions office, not to UCAS.

If your application is successful we will confirm in writing and pass your details to the Open University and you will receive information about registering directly from them. When you successfully complete the required OU modules then we will contact you to invite you to a welcome meeting before you are due to progress to Lancaster.

If you would like to know more about OpenPlus, any of our courses or about applying, please email us.