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Hey,

I am in year 13 currently, I’ve applied for biomedical science. However, I am unsure if I am making the correct decisions. I enjoy my biology and chemistry, but I’ve always found mathematics and physics fascinating to me, possibly more so than biology. So I am unsure on what I should do.

Any help would be appreciated
Original post by andrew.hills_
Hey,

I am in year 13 currently, I’ve applied for biomedical science. However, I am unsure if I am making the correct decisions. I enjoy my biology and chemistry, but I’ve always found mathematics and physics fascinating to me, possibly more so than biology. So I am unsure on what I should do.

Any help would be appreciated


Ask yourself this question: "Why did I apply for Biomedical Science?" There must have been a reason. It wasn't a random choice.

You're just second-guessing that decision. If you'd applied for Maths/Physics-type courses, you'd be asking you to whether you should have applied for Biomedical Science instead.

So, what was the motivation for your original decision?
Look at Natural Sciences - multidiscipline science program that allows you to study a range of sciences together in one degree. If this is offered at any of the Unis you have already applied to, they may allow a course switch - or you could plan a gap year and apply to 5 NS choices next year.

Examples
Nottingham - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course/Natural-Sciences-BSc
Bath - https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-2023/natural-sciences
UEA- https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergraduate/bsc-natural-sciences
York - https://www.york.ac.uk/natural-sciences/undergraduate-study/
Etc
Original post by DataVenia
Ask yourself this question: "Why did I apply for Biomedical Science?" There must have been a reason. It wasn't a random choice.

You're just second-guessing that decision. If you'd applied for Maths/Physics-type courses, you'd be asking you to whether you should have applied for Biomedical Science instead.

So, what was the motivation for your original decision?


My main motivation is that I find uncovering how the life functions and also the dysfunction of it. And that it’s research can directly improve people’s lives.

My motivation for physics is similar to biomedical science in the respect I want to understand how something works, like the universe and to know the how and the why of it. I also just find doing maths very relaxing and therapeutic whenever I did it, and less stressful than doing constant memorisation in biology.
Out of curiosity, do you currently take Math / FM / Physics right now?
Original post by McGinger
Look at Natural Sciences - multidiscipline science program that allows you to study a range of sciences together in one degree. If this is offered at any of the Unis you have already applied to, they may allow a course switch - or you could plan a gap year and apply to 5 NS choices next year.

Examples
Nottingham - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course/Natural-Sciences-BSc
Bath - https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-2023/natural-sciences
UEA- https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergraduate/bsc-natural-sciences
York - https://www.york.ac.uk/natural-sciences/undergraduate-study/
Etc


Thank you, I’ll have a look at it later. I didn’t do maths at a level though, which probably sounds weird as I have an interest in it.
Original post by BubblesBB
Out of curiosity, do you currently take Math / FM / Physics right now?


I don’t currently, I thoroughly enjoyed it at gcse level. Probably sounds weird that I don’t, but I still have a major interest in it.
Original post by andrew.hills_
I don’t currently, I thoroughly enjoyed it at gcse level. Probably sounds weird that I don’t, but I still have a major interest in it.

Without these subjects at A levels, wouldn’t it be impossible to change courses even if you decide to switch, and if the universities would allow?
Original post by BubblesBB
Without these subjects at A levels, wouldn’t it be impossible to change courses even if you decide to switch, and if the universities would allow?


Would a foundation year be an option at all? Or am I lost for hope. Thanks
Original post by andrew.hills_
Would a foundation year be an option at all? Or am I lost for hope. Thanks


Any Maths/Physics/Engineering course is likely to require Maths A level. You could try fast tracking it over a year and go to university a year later or opt for a foundation year. You would need to check with the university to see if they accept that. A foundation year is a very expensive way of doing it as it will cost a years student finance.

Have you looked into other courses. With Chem and Biol you could study things like Medicine and Pharmacy and a range of other courses such as Biochemistry and Genetics.

I attach a link to Swansea University's Medical School who offer varying courses id Biomedical Science is not for you.

https://www.bing.com/ck/a?!&&p=70725061c8aa88a7JmltdHM9MTY3MjE4NTYwMCZpZ3VpZD0zNjQzYjFiYS0yNzM0LTZlMzItMWRhNy1hMWNlMjYxMzZmYTkmaW5zaWQ9NTE5MQ&ptn=3&hsh=3&fclid=3643b1ba-2734-6e32-1da7-a1ce26136fa9&psq=swansea+university+medical+school&u=a1aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3dhbnNlYS5hYy51ay9tZWRpY2luZS8&ntb=1
Original post by swanseajack1
Any Maths/Physics/Engineering course is likely to require Maths A level. You could try fast tracking it over a year and go to university a year later or opt for a foundation year. You would need to check with the university to see if they accept that. A foundation year is a very expensive way of doing it as it will cost a years student finance.

Have you looked into other courses. With Chem and Biol you could study things like Medicine and Pharmacy and a range of other courses such as Biochemistry and Genetics.

I attach a link to Swansea University's Medical School who offer varying courses id Biomedical Science is not for you.

https://www.bing.com/ck/a?!&&p=70725061c8aa88a7JmltdHM9MTY3MjE4NTYwMCZpZ3VpZD0zNjQzYjFiYS0yNzM0LTZlMzItMWRhNy1hMWNlMjYxMzZmYTkmaW5zaWQ9NTE5MQ&ptn=3&hsh=3&fclid=3643b1ba-2734-6e32-1da7-a1ce26136fa9&psq=swansea+university+medical+school&u=a1aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3dhbnNlYS5hYy51ay9tZWRpY2luZS8&ntb=1


Thank you, I’ll make sure to have a look at them courses later.
Original post by andrew.hills_
Hey,

I am in year 13 currently, I’ve applied for biomedical science. However, I am unsure if I am making the correct decisions. I enjoy my biology and chemistry, but I’ve always found mathematics and physics fascinating to me, possibly more so than biology. So I am unsure on what I should do.

Any help would be appreciated


Hey!

I've seen natural sciences has been mentioned here a few times and as a current third year student at Lancaster, I can definitely recommend it as a great option if you want to pursue more than one subject!
If you enjoy chemistry and biology, there are so many pathway combinations you can choose from. I personally do synthetic chemistry and biochemistry and really enjoy them both.
If you wanted to do a physics or maths pathway you would need to have A-level maths. However I know the physical chemistry pathway also involves a lot of maths and quantum mechanics if that is the area you are interested in and they have a module in first year which teaches you the essential maths you need even if you haven't done the A-level.

Hope that helps and feel free to ask me any questions you have about the course :smile:

Oliver (Natural Sciences Ambassador)
With A level Biology & Chemistry you could do NS at Bath - ie. yu dont need Maths - and this is actually the most common A level subject combination for entry,
Original post by andrew.hills_
Hey,

I am in year 13 currently, I’ve applied for biomedical science. However, I am unsure if I am making the correct decisions. I enjoy my biology and chemistry, but I’ve always found mathematics and physics fascinating to me, possibly more so than biology. So I am unsure on what I should do.

Any help would be appreciated

Hey,

I am a current 4th year at the uni of Nottingham and I studied natural sciences as my undergrad degree.
I studied biology, chemistry and psychology before dropping down to biology and psychology in year 2 (this is the way the course works at Nottingham).

With your current A levels at Nottingham you could study:
Biology
Cancer science
Chemistry
Psychology
Archaeology
Earth science
Ecosystems and environment

There is also the option to do a foundation year in maths which would then allow you to also take maths and/or physics. If you get in touch with the course lead (email is on the page I have linked below) then they will be able to point you in the right direction to get the right qualifications to do what you want. Loads of people I know took a gap year to do an a level or went to uni doing a foundation year so it is not unusual and you wouldn't be alone in doing so.

I have left the link below to the Nottingham page but if you have any questions about the course, uni, subjects etc then just let me know,
Emily :smile:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/naturalsciences/study-with-us/what-you-study/index.aspx

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