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University of Bath

Natural Sciences (with Year Abroad)

UCAS Code: GCF0

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

A*AA including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences alongside Mathematics. However please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk if you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics at A level, to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable. In exceptional circumstances we may consider applicants with AS Level Maths at grade A (or equivalent) for a restricted selection of options; however this also depends on subject combination. Please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk prior to applying, in order to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable. Alternative A level offer: AAA including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus one of the following: Grade A in an EPQ; Grade B in the Welsh Bacc Skills Challenge Certificate; Grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives. Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:3

Typical offer: Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering), with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction. We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. You will need to have studied Mathematics units worth at least 12 credits at Distinction plus at least two further core sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) worth at least 12 credits at Distinction each. If you wish to take Chemistry options on our course then you must be studying both Organic and Inorganic Chemistry units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

Typical offer: D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences alongside Mathematics. However please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk if you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable. Cambridge Pre-U alternative offer: D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ; grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate; grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives. Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects, including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics. We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences from Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside Mathematics at Higher Level. We may be able to consider you if you are studying Mathematics or one core science at Standard Level (at grade 7) alongside two Highers in the other relevant subjects. If you are not studying two core sciences and Mathematics at Higher Level please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk prior to applying, in order to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D*

Typical offer: Obtain D*D*D* in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in Applied Science plus grade A in A level Mathematics. We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Applied Science in combination with A level Mathematics. It is important that your combination of optional units has an appropriate mix of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics content to prepare you for our course. In exceptional cases we may be able to consider applicants with AS level Mathematics at grade A (or equivalent) for a restricted selection of options, however, this also depends on your combination of BTEC units. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of your optional units before making an application.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

AAA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and two subjects from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers. We have a strong preference for applicants who offer two core sciences alongside Mathematics. However please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk if you are only studying one core science alongside Mathematics at Advanced Higher level, to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Natural sciences is multi-disciplinary. Youll be able to study across the subjects of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacology and physics.Course aims:This is the course for you if you love studying chemistry, biology and physics at school or college and want to keep that breadth. Design your own degree to suit your interests and strengths. Youll be able to take your existing scientific skills further, explore new areas and apply what youve learnt in practical and relevant ways.Employers will value your ability to bring problem-solving skills from a variety of different angles. Youll graduate with the breadth of knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for a career in industry or for postgraduate research. If you decide during the first year your interests fit better within a single science, you may transfer to Year 2 of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Physics following successful completion of a Year 1 double stream in that subject.The Master of Science (MSci) course provides you with same core sciences but in more depth than the BSc. It also gives you greater exposure to current research.Major subjects are chosen from Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Pharmacology and Physics. Environmental Science and Pharmacology can only be Major subjects on the BSc course. Minor subjects are chosen from the same list. Options are more science, Mathematics, Psychology, Management or Education units. Regardless of the major or minor you choose, you will take a final year project as compulsory unit in your final year.Subject combinations and units:You can design your perfect course before you enrol using our course guide: go.bath.ac.uk/nat-sci-guide. Here you'll find the full range of subject combinations and units available.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Natural Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Biology
82%
med
Chemistry
77%
low
Physics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
1%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Physics

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
1%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
74%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Business, research and administrative professionals
15%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£31k

£31k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Physics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£31k

£31k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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