Studying science at GCSE builds upon and deepens your understanding of the ideas developed at key stage three. It provides the foundations for a deeper understanding of the natural world and will enhance your lives in an increasingly technological society. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. This is why it is essential you are given the opportunity to study the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

The study of the sciences can help to support a number of future career paths. Careers in medicine, engineering, forensics, astronomy, physiotherapy, veterinary care, psychology and the environment are all supported by qualifications in science. These qualifications are well respected by both colleges and employers and are a good preparation for the A-level sciences. There are also a number of science related apprenticeships which can start from the age of 16 that require a specific grade in Combined Science at GCSE, including apprenticeships from the NHS and Rolls Royce.

The following A-level courses can be supported by the study of the sciences and are available at your local colleges:





Health & Social Care



Medicine, Dentistry

Vet Science


There are then a wide range of apprenticeships and degree courses available to you which can include:


Astronomy Earth Science Marine Science Chemistry
Environmental Science Physics Agriculture Anthropology
Biology Medicine Biomedical Sciences Pharmacology
Veterinary Science Psychology Engineering Dentistry


These are just some of the possible career opportunities that the study of the sciences can help support:


Doctor Nurse Physiotherapist Engineer Pharmacist
Surgeon Dentist Veterinary Surgeon Anaesthetist Psychologist
Paediatrician Astronomer Optician Astronaut Geologist
Midwife Radiologist Forensic Scientist Medical Researcher Pilot


To give you more information about the huge range of career pathways open to you through the study of the sciences you can use the national careers service website:

Animals, Plants and Land based careers

Environmental Science based careers

Manufacturing and Engineering based careers

Medical Technology based careers

Medicine and Nursing based careers

Science and Research based careers