• Question: how many GCSE's and A levels doo you need to get to become a scientist?

    Asked by parmolax to Chris, Emily, Martin, Natalie, Tamsin on 16 Mar 2010 in Categories: .
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      Emily Cook answered on 16 Mar 2010:


      There is no fixed number of qualifications or set grades, it depends what exactly you want to do.

      Scientists do all kind of jobs so if you really enjoy it, work hard and have a curiosity about things then there will a job somewhere in science for you, whatever your grades.

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      Martin Coath answered on 16 Mar 2010:


      The first big hurdle is to get at least three good grades at A level. This should get you a university place and you are on your way!

      It actually gets easier then because you can drop all the subjects you don’t like 😉

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      Chris Cooper answered on 16 Mar 2010:


      It really depends on what kind of science job you want to do. best to ask your careers adviser at school

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      Natalie Stanford answered on 17 Mar 2010:


      It depends what you want to study. But generally, to study science at university, you need to have passed all your science and maths GCSE’s with a C or above. You will also have to take at least 3 A levels and 1 AS level in a relevant subject. Typically you will want to study maths and at least one other science at A level, but this is not always the case. The grades you need in your A levels to study science at university depends on what university you have applied to, but you will be able to check these out on line and by ringing admissions departments nearer the time. Like chris said too, go and have a chat with your career adviser, or visit your local connexions centre http://www.connexions-direct.com/index.cfm

  • Question: how many GCSE's and A levels doo you need to get to become a scientist?

    Asked by parmolax to Chris, Emily, Martin, Natalie, Tamsin on 16 Mar 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Martin Coath

      Martin Coath answered on 16 Mar 2010:


      Well – that depends on many things – you should talk to your teachers about the deatils. But you should be aiming for at least 3 good A level grades to get a university place. That is the first thing to do.

      After that, if you enjoy your subjects (whatever they are) you should find it easier because you will be studying almost nothing but your favourites.

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