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I need some advice on which course i should apply to. I want to do Biology and Chemistry (and a bit of physics) and i have no strong feeling which one to go for. Both unis are ranked similar for these subjects and after visiting both, i'm just as unsure as before

I know bath offers the placement which i would definitely do, but york seemed to be a bit better suited for nat sci with its own specific area. I like doing sport, but am definitely not elite and i kind of felt like bath seemed to have a bit of a 'jock' atmosphere.

Any advice would be helpful
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I need some advice on which course i should apply to. I want to do Biology and Chemistry (and a bit of physics) and i have no strong feeling which one to go for. Both unis are ranked similar for these subjects and after visiting both, i'm just as unsure as before

I know bath offers the placement which i would definitely do, but york seemed to be a bit better suited for nat sci with its own specific area. I like doing sport, but am definitely not elite and i kind of felt like bath seemed to have a bit of a 'jock' atmosphere.

Any advice would be helpful
Hi there,

I'm a current NatSci student at Bath, and I looked at York when I applied, so hopefully I can help

First things first, the combination of modules you want to do is not possible at Bath. At Bath, the NatSci degree functions like a joint honours, so you choose a major subject and a minor subject from Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Pharmacology and Physics, You also choose an auxiliary module. HOWEVER, if you take physics, you cannot take an auxiliary module, as you must take a compulsory maths module in it's place. You could, however, take chemistry and biology, and then an auxiliary module such as another science module, or maths for life sciences. Within chemistry, you could choose the more physics-y parts like inorganic and/or physical chemistry. You can find more info on the module combinations here.

Having looked at the York NatSci course page (specifically for this course), it looks like that would perhaps be more suitable for you if you want to do biology, chemistry and physics. The difference between the Bath and York is this:

- At Bath, you start with 2 sciences (i.e. biology and chemistry), and you study both of these for all 3-4 years of your degree. You study them in equal amounts - the only difference is that your final year project will be in your major subject.
- At York, you start with 3 sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) in 1st year, then narrow down to 2 in 2nd year, and then only study 1 in your final year. Essentially you end up specialising in a single science, but you have longer to narrow down and decide which one.

So, whilst at Bath you would only be able to choose 2 of biology, chemistry and physics (not all 3), the joint honours structure where you end up with 2 sciences may or may not be preferable to the structure at York (where you start with 3 and end on 1 science). It's all a matter of personal preference.

With regards to York being better for NatSci as it has "its own specific area", I'm not too sure what you mean. I'm assuming you mean that York has a dedicated School of Natural Sciences, so NatSci students have their own space. Whilst Bath doesn't have a dedicated school of NatSci, this is perhaps a perk as NatSci students attend lectures with single honours students. For example, I attend my chemistry lectures with the regular chemistry students. This is beneficial as you get to meet and interact with a wider range of students. We do have our own space in one of the building down by the chemistry labs though.

In terms of placements, Bath definitely has the upper hand there. Our programme has been around for ages so is very well established and prestigious. Many of our placement partners are exclusive, so they only offer placements to Bath students. You receive amazing support from the placements team throughout your degree and placement, and Bath is the 5th best uni in the UK for graduate prospects.

With regards to sports, you don't have to be elite to participate at Bath. The majority of sports have several tiers of teams (so elite players in the 1st team, and then more teams for less-elite players). This means that even complete beginners can try a sport and play! That being said, sports are a huge part of life at Bath. So, if you like and play sports in any capacity, elite or casually, you'll probably really enjoy it at Bath. If you don't do sports at all, then you may well find it to be a bit of a jock atmosphere.

I hope this has helped, and please let me know if you have any other questions
Jessica, a third year NatSci student
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