Should science be compulsory at KS4?

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Should science be compulsory at KS4 / GCSE?

I can see good reason why human biology should be compulsory but can anybody justify why the rest of the course should be compulsory.
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Yes. It's important for understanding the way the world works. In Chemistry, we also learnt about polluting gases and their effects, which is very relevant in our modern day.
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No. It should be available, but not compulsory.

Then again I think that about most subjects.
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Personally I think, all three sciences, math, English and History should be compulsory.
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What I find intriguing is the strong support for traditional science (even after factoring out human biology) and the lacklustre support for computer science at KS4 level.
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(Original post by Arran90)
What I find intriguing is the strong support for traditional science (even after factoring out human biology) and the lacklustre support for computer science at KS4 level.
Mhm I forgot about that, but now even you are leaving out Domestic Science and Geography.
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(Original post by Arran90)
Should science be compulsory at KS4 / GCSE?

I can see good reason why human biology should be compulsory but can anybody justify why the rest of the course should be compulsory.
Pretty sure science is already compulsory at GCSE level, whether you take triple science, double science, or the BTEC Science - schools will place you on one of these courses when you come to your GCSEs.
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(Original post by M4cc4n4)
Mhm I forgot about that, but now even you are leaving out Domestic Science and Geography.
(Original post by Arran90)
What I find intriguing is the strong support for traditional science (even after factoring out human biology) and the lacklustre support for computer science at KS4 level.
Even psychology is considered a science - will we have to study all of the sciences?
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Science should remain compulsory. Everyone should have a basic understanding of how they/the world works. KS3 doesn't teach enough of that.
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I don't have a Science GCSE and it hasn't affected my life in any way, shape or form.

Studying it should be a choice.
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schools would still make it compulsory either way. imo science is an essential subject in the same sense as english and mathematics and therefore should remain compulsory
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I think all three sciences should be compulsory at KS4, much like they are now, where you can simply chose to what level you want to study them.

I'm definitely bias here, since before KS4 I thought I would do history/archaeology later on, but science at KS4 is so different from KS3, and I fell in love with physics! If it wasn't compulsory, I wouldn't have even thought about it.
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I think english language and maths should be compulsory till A Level. There are a lot of people who can't read or write properly and a lot of people who can't count.
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Compulsory imo, as some people may now be aware of the implications of not taking it until later. The three sciences are as essential as Mathematics and English, and there are many universities where a certain grade is required in a science subject.
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It should, because for once it actually has explanations and some level of understanding involved on how the world works. Whereas, maths at KS4 hardly involves any explanations in contrast to A - level.
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I thought science was already compulsory at KS4! Absolutely it should
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