• Question: what grades do you need to become the scientist you are I am now very interested and keeping it in mind

    Asked by hallearnott2005 to Ettie on 18 Jun 2019.
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      Ettie Unwin answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      That’s quite a tricky question – everyone has come from really different backgrounds to end up where I am now. We have people who studied biology, medicine, veterinary science, maths, physics and me from engineering. It’s part of why I like it so much since everyone has very different skills and background. You need a strong background in science, a good work ethic and a desire to learn! I got very good grades at school and university but that isn’t necessary – exams don’t suit everyone.

      Everyone has an undergraduate degree and then some have PhDs or are studying for a PhD but that isn’t a requirement for all the jobs. Not everyone went to Oxford, Cambridge or a red brick university and lots of people haven’t studied in England or are British. I’m not sure all the grades necessary now but I’d recommend having a look on UCAS at some subjects you might like to study at university and where just as an idea of the grades they need.

      If exams and grades aren’t your strong point apprenticeships and on the job training are another good way to get into science. I did a year in industry before I went to school and really enjoyed that. Some people (not at my company) stayed on and trained with them without a degree.

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