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University of Bath

Natural Sciences (with Year Abroad)

UCAS Code: GCF0
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide

152

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Student score
81% MED
85% MED
82% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
94% MED
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£23k HIGH
£25k HIGH
£26k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*,A,A

Compulsory A level subjects: 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.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
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.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
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.

International Baccalaureate
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.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Natural sciences is multi-disciplinary. You’ll 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. You’ll be able to take your existing scientific skills further, explore new areas and apply what you’ve learnt in practical and relevant ways. Employers will value your ability to bring problem-solving skills from a variety of different angles. You’ll 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.

Modules

University of Bath

The campus Bath University

At Bath we are known for excellence in teaching and research, a superb student experience, and providing outstanding preparation for the workplace. Bath is a top five UK university (Guardian University Guide 2018) and ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. All our degrees offer placement options and 86% of our employed first degree graduates move into top-level jobs. 

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

64%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

68%

Feedback on work has been helpful

53%

Feedback on work has been prompt

65%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Staff value students' opinions

61%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
65% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
452 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
90% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £23k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

8%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

74%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

86%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

56%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Staff value students' opinions

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
447 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

9%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

6%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

71%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

81%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

85%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Staff value students' opinions

74%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
511 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% MED
Average graduate salary £26k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

8%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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