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Im a second-year student studying Chemical Engineering at Bath. Please use this thread if you've got any questions about the course, the application process or anything Bath related. I've been through it all before so I should be able to answer your questions!

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Im a second-year student studying Chemical Engineering at Bath. Please use this thread if you've got any questions about the course, the application process or anything Bath related. I've been through it all before so I should be able to answer your questions!

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What did the application involve (besides the usual UCAS submission) if anything?

How flexible is the course?

Is it more practical or more theoretical?
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What did the application involve (besides the usual UCAS submission) if anything?

How flexible is the course?

Is it more practical or more theoretical?
Hi,

The application process was very simple, I just applied through UCAS and was then given an offer based on that submission. However there are some cases in which the university will invite an applicant to a selection interview. More information on this can be found here.

There's a range of different options in terms of whether you'd like to do a placement or a masters etc. A full list of the courses offered can be found here. But in terms of whether you can choose your modules, I would say that the course is relatively rigid in the first couple of years. This is just as everybody needs to study certain modules so that they can build on them later in the course. Of course, it is possible to then specialise in the later years of the course.

There's a complete mix of practical and theoretical study. However, even when studying theoretical things, the course always relates them to practical applications to show how they might be used. We also have labs every two weeks which let you get some practical experience of actually doing experiments and testing theories.

If you've got any more questions, feel free to quote me!

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Hi,

The application process was very simple, I just applied through UCAS and was then given an offer based on that submission. However there are some cases in which the university will invite an applicant to a selection interview. More information on this can be found here.

There's a range of different options in terms of whether you'd like to do a placement or a masters etc. A full list of the courses offered can be found here. But in terms of whether you can choose your modules, I would say that the course is relatively rigid in the first couple of years. This is just as everybody needs to study certain modules so that they can build on them later in the course. Of course, it is possible to then specialise in the later years of the course.

There's a complete mix of practical and theoretical study. However, even when studying theoretical things, the course always relates them to practical applications to show how they might be used. We also have labs every two weeks which let you get some practical experience of actually doing experiments and testing theories.

If you've got any more questions, feel free to quote me!

Tim
Is the course quite difficult for someone who hasn't done physics or further maths? Is M1 a good enough taster for this course?
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Is the course quite difficult for someone who hasn't done physics or further maths? Is M1 a good enough taster for this course?
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I did physics at A-Level but didn't do further maths. Personally I haven't found the maths too bad, they make a real effort when teaching maths to assume that no one has studied further maths so that everyone starts at the same stage.

In some of the modules there is a fair bit of physics (e.g. physical chemistry, transport phenomena) but again they don't assume any prior knowledge. You may just have to spend a little more time going over the lectures so that you get to grips with all the concepts.

I have to say that so far M1 hasn't been too relevant to the course, we tend to use the maths you learn in C3 and C4 far more. The department say they give preference to candidates who do physics and further maths in their entry requirements but I wouldn't say there's any need to worry if you haven't done them.

Hope that helps. If you've got any more questions, just quote me!

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What were your predicted/achieved grades if you don't mind me asking?
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What were your predicted/achieved grades if you don't mind me asking?
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I was predicted an A* and 3 As at A-Level and I got those same grades. However it's worth noting that I applied a couple of years ago when entry requirements and competition for places were different.

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Im a second-year student studying Chemical Engineering at Bath. Please use this thread if you've got any questions about the course, the application process or anything Bath related. I've been through it all before so I should be able to answer your questions!

Tim
Does bath university do adjustment and or clearing for chemical engineering? Have they done so in the recent years?

How did you personally revise for your A-levels? (I'm taking Maths, physics and Chemistry and am struggling to achieve the higher grades). Do you have any tips that you could share to assist my studies?

Do you think I would get an offer for Beng ChemEng with AAB?
Context: (It is A*AA entry requirements at the current moment). However, with an EPQ grade A/A* (which I plan to achieve) it is AAA. Therefore if I drop a grade and say get AAB is it still worth applying?

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I heard Biology is a better subject to study than chem eng.....is this true?
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Does bath university do adjustment and or clearing for chemical engineering? Have they done so in the recent years?

How did you personally revise for your A-levels? (I'm taking Maths, physics and Chemistry and am struggling to achieve the higher grades). Do you have any tips that you could share to assist my studies?

Do you think I would get an offer for Beng ChemEng with AAB?
Context: (It is A*AA entry requirements at the current moment). However, with an EPQ grade A/A* (which I plan to achieve) it is AAA. Therefore if I drop a grade and say get AAB is it still worth applying?

Kind regards,
Lucario331
Hi there!

Chris here, a second year CS student. I know I don't do Chem Eng but I can try and answer some of your questions in the meantime whilst you're waiting for a reply.

For the last 2 years Bath has not entered clearing or adjustment, so whilst I can't be entirely sure of whether they will this year, I'd say it was likely they won't again this year, if the trend continues.

At A level I managed A*s in Maths and Physics so I can give you my tips if you'd like. Obviously they're going to depend heavily on the type of learner you are (visual, audio, etc.), but here is what I did:
  1. Past papers - lots and lots of them, especially for Maths. Any mistakes you notice you've made from looking at the mark scheme (you'll make lots when you first start), look at which points you missed out and re-attempt the question at a later time - sometimes I would just go away and make a cup of tea then re-attempt.
  2. Revision guides - I would use the CGP guides and exam-board specific ones. I know they're a little costly but they honestly helped. Sometimes you can get them second hand too.
  3. The Student Room - join the threads for your exams early. I made a few of the threads for my exams and attempted to answer as many of other people's questions as possible - not to brag or act like a know-it-all, but so others could jump in and correct you when you go wrong in places.
  4. Make a podcast - more relevant to Physics really - I read my revision notes out loud and listened to it on the walk to and from college most days. Once you get over the slightly 'cringey' fact that you're listening to yourself, it really does help solidify facts.
  5. Repeat - boring and generic I know, but don't do each of these once. Unless your brain is a sponge its very hard to retain all the knowledge you read unless you get into some kind of habit, I never made a timetable myself but if that helps then feel free!

I can't comment on the likelihood of entry based on specific grades myself, not least because I don't do Chem Eng, but hopefully I've been able to provide some information!

Let me know if you have any other queries.

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Does bath university do adjustment and or clearing for chemical engineering? Have they done so in the recent years?

How did you personally revise for your A-levels? (I'm taking Maths, physics and Chemistry and am struggling to achieve the higher grades). Do you have any tips that you could share to assist my studies?

Do you think I would get an offer for Beng ChemEng with AAB?
Context: (It is A*AA entry requirements at the current moment). However, with an EPQ grade A/A* (which I plan to achieve) it is AAA. Therefore if I drop a grade and say get AAB is it still worth applying?

Kind regards,
Lucario331
Hi,

As Chris said, it's quite unlikely that Bath will dip into clearing given how competitive the course is. However, nothing's set in stone of course; if a few more people happen to reject their offers from Bath than normal, then they may do.

I do know a couple of people studying Chemical Engineering now who missed their grades (it was AAA when I applied two years ago) but were still given a place by Bath. But there's obviously no guarantees on that and I'm not sure how the department behave with missed offers now. Having said all that, it's a really good course so if you think you've got a chance of making the grades you should definitely consider applying.

I very much agree with Chris' revision tips! One other thing I'd say, perhaps similar to the podcast idea, is to try reading your notes allowed to yourself in your room. Obviously people learn in different ways, but that technique really revolutionised the way I revise.

Hope that helps and sorry to be a bit cryptic on clearing, it's just impossible to know for sure! If you've got any more questions, just quote me.

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I heard Biology is a better subject to study than chem eng.....is this true?
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Biology and Chemical Engineering are two very different subjects! Chemical Engineering is very much based around industrial processes and is likely to be more mathematical while Biology courses will not be so focused on direct applications. There are however significant overlaps between the two; at Bath you can choose to convert to Biochemical Engineering in your final year and there is at least one Biology-based module in each year before that. I'm not sure what stage you're at but I'd recommend having a look at this website to see the kind of things that Chem Eng covers and where it differs from pure sciences like Biology.

Hope that helps and if you've got any more questions, just ask!

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On the website, it says the course is 80% independent study and 20% in lectures in the first year; does the 20% include tutorials?

Does this mean that students must teach themselves a lot of the course? Is it difficult with such little contact time? Also, if you needed to ask a lecturer something, would it be hard to get in contact with them to ask the questions?

Finally, how does this ratio change in the following years?

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Hi Tim,

I've got some questions for you, please could you message me?
Thanks, Amisha

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Hi,

The application process was very simple, I just applied through UCAS and was then given an offer based on that submission. However there are some cases in which the university will invite an applicant to a selection interview. More information on this can be found here.

There's a range of different options in terms of whether you'd like to do a placement or a masters etc. A full list of the courses offered can be found here. But in terms of whether you can choose your modules, I would say that the course is relatively rigid in the first couple of years. This is just as everybody needs to study certain modules so that they can build on them later in the course. Of course, it is possible to then specialise in the later years of the course.

There's a complete mix of practical and theoretical study. However, even when studying theoretical things, the course always relates them to practical applications to show how they might be used. We also have labs every two weeks which let you get some practical experience of actually doing experiments and testing theories.

If you've got any more questions, feel free to quote me!

Tim
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I've got some questions for you, please could you message me?
Thanks, Amisha
Hi Amisha,

Tim is away from the University until the new semester starts in a few weeks.

I work in our Student Recruitment and Admissions team and can try to answer any questions you may have as best I can.

Thanks,

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Hi Amisha,

Tim is away from the University until the new semester starts in a few weeks.

I work in our Student Recruitment and Admissions team and can trey to answer any questions you may have as best I can.

Thanks,

Steve
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How fast do offers start coming in?
Hi,

Our Admissions Office try to make a decision on applications as quickly as possible. However, as Chemical Engineering is one of our most competitive courses we may be unable to make an offer until after the 15 January deadline in order to ensure that all applications receive equal consideration.

Good luck!

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Hi,

Our Admissions Office try to make a decision on applications as quickly as possible. However, as Chemical Engineering is one of our most competitive courses we may be unable to make an offer until after the 15 January deadline in order to ensure that all applications receive equal consideration.

Good luck!

Steve
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Hi,

I am currently studying 4 A-Levels in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Economics.

I have received the standard offer of A*AA. However, if I receive grades of AAAA, would Bath still accept me in?
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Hi,

I am currently studying 4 A-Levels in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Economics.

I have received the standard offer of A*AA. However, if I receive grades of AAAA, would Bath still accept me in?
Hi! Congratulations on receiving your offer!
Currently we can only say that your place would be guaranteed if you get A*AA. However, the University would look favourably on an offer holder who achieved AAAA and would certainly look to confirm their place if spaces remained once all offer holders who had met their offer conditions had been accepted. Unfortunately the University cannot commit to this in advance however as it cannot be anticipated how many offer holders will meet the conditions of their offer.

Any other questions do let us know, or feel free to email the admissions team.

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