Why should you consider studying science? Are there careers and opportunities it can lead to? Our science tutors have provided a list of the top 10 reasons to study science.
Keep your options open for University
Selecting four or three A-Level subjects is usually no easy task, particularly for those students who feel divided between the sciences and arts. But picking two or one science A-Levels will in fact keep both options open if you want to pursue a degree in either in the future. For instance, studying Chemistry, Biology, and English at A-Level qualifies you for a top-university degree that ranges from English Literature and Journalism to a range of science programs like dentistry or medicine.
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And further down the line
Most recruitment agencies and companies prefer science graduates. Chances are that you’ll be paid well if you have specialised in science, medicine, or engineering compared to the arts. In the event science just isn’t your thing, you can always move to a more difficult field, with the right motivation and pertinent work experience.
Improve your analytical skills
You can acquire multiple valuable skills with science. However, having the capability of analysing a significant amount of information in a short manner is one skill that’s integral for all disciplines. You might not be fascinated by the dwindling mayfly population in your local ecosystem, but the aptitude to come up with deductions from evidence is integral and will allow you to be more articulate and precise.
Learn to problem-solve
The whole logic behind science is getting answers to extremely complex problems. This can also entail exploring likely solutions that have been proposed or finding methods to come up with the right solutions. Either way you look at it, learning science can be really gratifying – from both the perspective of problem-solving – or from the perspective of contributing to future studies in your scientific profession.
After being in the education system for 13 years, and getting through a demanding University admissions procedure, it can at times end in frustration. For many students, this often occurs after all the ‘Freshers’ craze has ended and it dawns that you’ll mostly spend your time in the university library typing an assignment on your laptop. With science courses, you can be guaranteed that you’ll take a more practical approach by learning in a lab.
Science is creative
Considering sciences encompass a broad spectrum, there’s a considerable amount of information to learn at A-Level. Because of this, some studies presume that having a photographic memory is the key to attaining success. All of that alters at the University level. After selecting my thesis topic, I was allotted a small darkroom with 16 newborn rats and three months to complete my dissertation. Mind you, there was no textbook available.
One advantage of learning science is the expeditious nature of findings and advancements can make it very exciting, particularly if your department focuses on extensive research. It can be a privilege to learn concepts that your Professors have come up with, not to mention a host of interesting conferences, lectures, and even opportunities to make a contribution.
Get value for your money
While at University, students aren’t dubbed geeks. The average study hours at UK Campuses ranges from 9 hours 8 mins (Philosophical Studies) to 21 hours 18 mins (Dentistry and Medicine). For a 30-week academic year for the former option, the cost will averagely be £9,000 which is by no means good value for money compared to sciences.