I have an offer for for biology at Bath. I am wishing I applied for biomedicine and have realised it’s not possible to switch to it as I dropped chemistry a level. I was wondering what the Biology optional modules are like at Bath. Like is it possible to take biomedical focused modules in a biology degree?
The best place to look at the optional unit is the unit catalogue, as there you can see in detail what units are compulsory and optional, and what you study in those units.
In biology, there are no optional modules in first year, as in first year everyone does the same compulsory modules to give you a solid foundation of knowledge in all fields of biology. These modules are:
- Cell & molecular biology 1 & 2
- Ecology and evolution 1 & 2
- Life of Earth 1 & 2
- Biochemistry for biologists
You can look at the unit catalogue for detailed info on what is studied in these modules, but it's essentially everything from animal behaviour to cell organelles to plants and genetic modification.
In 2nd year, the only compulsory module is data interpretation. All the other modules are then optional ones, as you start to specialise. The optional modules you choose all progress on from compulsory modules from first year, and include modules such as Plant Symbiosis and Pathology, Concepts in Evolution, Molecular Genetics of Vertebrate Development, Infection and Immunity (Microbiology and Immunology), Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, and Genomics. There are quite a few more, but again you can refer to the unit catalogue to look at all the modules and their contents.
All in all, I would say that there aren't many biomedical-related modules in Biology. The only ones would be the genetics and genomics ones (a tiny bit), Infection and Immunity, Molecular genetics of vertebrate development, DNA (making, breaking & disease), and Molecular and cellular neuroscience.
Personally I would say that if you are now wanting to do biomedical sciences, it may be worth taking a gap year and doing the chemistry A-Level, or picking the A-Level back up if you can now. If you aren't interested in the modules you can study in biology, and you want to go into a field more related to medicine/biomedical sciences, then it might be a waste to do biology as it's less likely you'll enjoy it. It might be more worthwhile to try and do the chemistry A-Level and re-apply for biomedical sciences if that's what you really want to do and what you're passionate about.
That being said, if you have a broader interest in biology and are interested in things such as cellular biology, how viruses and bacteria work, infection and immunity, genomics and genetics, then you'd likely really enjoy the biology degree at Bath. My best piece of advice would be to look at the unit catalogue I hyperlinked before, and assemble a hypothetical degree, i.e. write down what modules you would choose in 2nd and 3rd year if you were to be at Bath, and think about whether those are the things you want to study, and if they'll get you to the career you want.
I hope this has helped, and let me know if you have any more questions
Jessica, a third year NatSci student