So what is science? In short, scientists experiment with, and observe, natural phenomena to try and explain it. Science includes subjects like Astronomy, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. As it is such a broad subject there are thousands of interesting facts that update and change regularly – enough to keep any mini-Einstein fascinated!
Some practical points to check are:
There are three examination boards accredited by Ofqual. These are:
AQA –One of the leading providers of GCSEs and A Levels. Used by most secondary schools and colleges in the UK.
Edexcel – Considered the UK’s largest awarding organisation, they offer both academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools and colleges.
OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) – Over 13,000 centres choose OCR for their A Levels and GCSEs.
Single Award Science is the combined study of GCSE biology, chemistry and physics, and a pupil achieves one grade overall from completing the course.
Double Award Science is the combined study of GCSE biology, chemistry and physics that results in two GCSEs.
Triple Award Science delivers three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A (Advanced) Level qualifications will focus on more traditional study skills. They generally take two years to complete full-time, however they are also available to part-time.
Science can been taken into many areas at degree level, too many to list, please click here to see the subjects available to you, where the degree can be studied and what qualification you will need to be accepted.
There is no minimum qualification required to tutor Science at home in the UK at present, however we would recommend you ask to see copies of qualifications held.
There are many benefits to introducing your child to a Science tutor. Closing some of the holes in their learning will enable them to catch up with or creep ahead of their peers, building their confidence and enabling them to enjoy the subject.
Whether building a young child’s confidence or assisting them with exam preparation a Science tutor is your way of helping them gain control of their learning.
Musician, Brian May CBE (born July 19, 1947) is an astrophysicist having gained a Ph.D. in 2007 from Imperial College, London. The asteroid 52665 was named Brianmay in June 2008 at the request of Sir Patrick Moore.
Baroness Margaret Thatcher (1925 – 2013) graduated in 1947 from Somerville College, Oxford, with a Chemistry Bachelor of Science degree; in her final year she specialised in X-ray crystallography.
Charles Darwin (1809 –1882) was an English Naturalist who invented the theory of evolution which declared that evolutionary change was gradual and required thousands/millions of years.
Stephen Hawking (born January 8, 1942) is one of the most famous scientists of modern times. Despite his challenging physical impairments, he has contributed much to the world of science, helping spread his ideas to the general public with the release of books such as ‘A Brief History of Time’.
Brian Cox, OBE (born March 3, 1968) is a British Particle Physicist and BBC TV science presenter. He has helped to make science more accessible to the general public during recent years through fascinating programmes such as Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of Life and Stargazing Live.
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