Biology, Chemistry & Physics

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Studying Biology could lead to the following careers/job roles:

  • Archaeologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Doctor
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Farming
  • Nurse

Studying Chemistry could lead to the following careers/job roles:

  • Chemical Researcher
  • Biochemist
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Cosmetic Scientist

Studying Physics could lead to the following careers/job roles:

  • Astronomer
  • Satellite Engineer
  • Solar Energy Physicist
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Forecaster
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Pilot

Further Reading/Support

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Additional Advice:

If you’re interested in a career in science you could look for higher apprenticeship programmes, which are offered by a few large employers. However, there are also many smaller employers in science and since these tend to take on only graduates – and larger employers also run graduate schemes – you may decide that going to university would suit you better. Whichever route you choose, you will first need to make sure you are taking the right A levels, or equivalent.