Natural Sciences University of Bath

Undergraduate

Gain a wide range of skills and intellectual experience in core science subjects. You'll have the flexibility to shape your degree to your career aspirations.

This is the course for you if you love studying natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) at school or college and want to maintain your breadth of study. You can 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 two of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacology or physics following successful completion of a year one double stream in that subject.

Subject combinations and units
Major subjects are chosen from biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, pharmacology and physics. 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 a compulsory unit in your final year.

Studying a maths stream is required to support the study of physics but optional if you want to use your maths to support the study of the life sciences.

You can design your perfect course before you enrol using our online course selection tool. Here you'll find the full range of subject combinations and units available.

If you want a more in-depth study experience, you could consider applying for our MSci Natural Sciences course.

  • Qualification

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

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    28 September 2020

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CFG0
Institution code B16
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A*AA A*AA in three A levels including one of the following combinations:

- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Mathematics
- Biology, Mathematics and Physics
- Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

Which subjects you have studied at A level will determine which subjects you can choose during your degree. If you study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics you will be able to choose any of the valid combinations.

If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative A level offer:
Most of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers:

AAA in three A levels including one of the following combinations:

- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Mathematics
- Biology, Mathematics and Physics
- Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
plus one of the following project qualifications:

- grade A in an EPQ
- grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Additionally, if you are studying Biology and Chemistry A level but do not study Mathematics A level you will be eligible for an alternative offer based on additional study in mathematics:

AAA in three A levels including Biology and Chemistry plus one of:

- grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification
- grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics

If you receive an offer for this course and are eligible for either alternative offer you will be given both the typical and each alternative offer separately. For all our offers, if you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

We do not make alternative offers based on Further Mathematics for this course.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science alongside an A level in Mathematics. Your BTEC qualification must have an appropriate combination of Chemistry, Biology and Physics content to prepare you for the course. Please contact us to discuss your units before making an application.
Access to HE Diploma D: 36 credits
M: 3 credits
A pass in 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 typically need to have studied units worth 12 credits at Distinction each in two core sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics). If you study Physics as a core science you will also need a further 12 credits at Distinction in Mathematics units. You can be considered with just Chemistry and Mathematics, providing you have 12 credits at distinction each.

If you wish to take Chemistry options on our course you must be studying both Organic and Inorganic Chemistry units.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D2, D3, D3 D2, D3, D3 in three principal subjects including one of the following combinations:

- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Mathematics
- Biology, Mathematics and Physics
- Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

Which subjects you have studied will determine which subjects you can choose during your degree. If you study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics you will be able to choose any of the valid combinations

Alternate offer:
Most of our students will join us with three principle subjects, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in mathematics) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers:

D3, D3, D3 in three principal subjects including one of the following combinations:

- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Mathematics
- Biology, Mathematics and Physics
- Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
plus one of the following project qualifications:

- grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
- grade A in an EPQ
- grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Additionally, if you are studying Biology and Chemistry but do not study Mathematics you will be eligible for an alternative offer based on additional study in mathematics:

D3, D3, D3 in three principal subjects including Biology and Chemistry plus grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification.

If you receive an offer for this course and are eligible for either alternative offer you will be given both the typical and each alternative offer separately.

We do not make alternative offers based on Further Mathematics for this course.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points 36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including one of the following combinations:

- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Mathematics
- Biology, Mathematics and Physics
- Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

We have a strong preference for applicants who study the required subjects at Higher Level. We may be able to consider you if you are studying one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics at Standard level (usually at grade 7) alongside your other required subject(s) at Higher Level.

We cannot accept Sports, Exercise and Health Science in place of Biology for this course.

If you have questions about your subjects please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk before applying to discuss whether your subject combination is suitable.
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) D*D*D* D*D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) plus grade A in A level Mathematics.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science alongside an A level in Mathematics. Your BTEC qualification must have an appropriate combination of Chemistry, Biology and Physics content to prepare you for the course. Please contact us to discuss your units before making an application.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA AA or AAA in Advanced Highers.

Our typical offer depends on the subjects you are studying in your Advanced Highers.

If you are not studying an Advanced Higher in Physics:

AA in two Advanced Highers including Chemistry and either Biology or Mathematics.

If you are studying an Advanced Higher in Physics:

AAA in three Advanced Highers including Mathematics, Physics and either Biology or Chemistry.

We make offers based on Advanced Highers. You will typically be expected to have completed five Scottish Highers and your grades in these will be considered as part of your application. We prefer applicants who have achieved at least AAAAB in their Highers.

GCSE requirements:
GCSE Mathematics grade A or 7 (if not taken at A level or equivalent).
GCSE English grade C or 4.
For further qualifications information and English Language equivalents, please see: go.bath.ac.uk/nat-sci


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK, EU and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/tuition-fees/ For information about our scholarships and bursaries visit: http://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-undergraduate-students/