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I take bio chem and sociology for my A levels and was planning to do biomedical sciences in uni however I have been thinking of going into teaching instead lately I’m in year 12 am I wasting my subjects or should I just stick with biomed idkkkk help!!
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Original post by Yesidontknow
I take bio chem and sociology for my A levels and was planning to do biomedical sciences in uni however I have been thinking of going into teaching instead lately I’m in year 12 am I wasting my subjects or should I just stick with biomed idkkkk help!!

If you enjoy your subjects and this is a degree you want to do, then stick with it. You can then do your PGCE or Teach First route afterwards.

By doing a Science degree, you will be in high demand as a teacher and will not have a problem moving jobs and pay etc, especially if you become a Chemistry teacher (plenty of Biology teachers, fewer Chemistry and even fewer Physics teachers). Currently these teachers get their pick of schools (like Computer Science teachers), although this may change over time.

Science degrees will also put you in a good position should you change your mind about teaching and go into something completely different, like Investment Banking!

Try not to second guess every, do what you like and what you are good at, and you will see that things fall into place.

Good luck!
Going to Uni isnt a race. It isnt 'first one to walk through the door is the winner'.
Plan a gap year - work and then travel - and do some calm thinking.

Nowhere does it say you can only go to Uni straight from school, and many people take several years to work out if it's what they want - and where it will lead them, so don't panic. The best way to find out of teaching is for you is to work with kids - get a volunteer job in a school, or work on holiday play-schemes etc. And a USA Summer Camp could be useful for immediately after you complete Year 12 - Camp America® USA Summer Jobs in America Since 1969 | Camp America
Original post by RM-UK
If you enjoy your subjects and this is a degree you want to do, then stick with it. You can then do your PGCE or Teach First route afterwards.
By doing a Science degree, you will be in high demand as a teacher and will not have a problem moving jobs and pay etc, especially if you become a Chemistry teacher (plenty of Biology teachers, fewer Chemistry and even fewer Physics teachers). Currently these teachers get their pick of schools (like Computer Science teachers), although this may change over time.
Science degrees will also put you in a good position should you change your mind about teaching and go into something completely different, like Investment Banking!
Try not to second guess every, do what you like and what you are good at, and you will see that things fall into place.
Good luck!


Thank you but do you reckon with a biomed degree I can become a lecturer or something
Original post by McGinger
Going to Uni isnt a race. It isnt 'first one to walk through the door is the winner'.
Plan a gap year - work and then travel - and do some calm thinking.
Nowhere does it say you can only go to Uni straight from school, and many people take several years to work out if it's what they want - and where it will lead them, so don't panic. The best way to find out of teaching is for you is to work with kids - get a volunteer job in a school, or work on holiday play-schemes etc. And a USA Summer Camp could be useful for immediately after you complete Year 12 - Camp America® USA Summer Jobs in America Since 1969 | Camp America

My daughter chose not to apply to universities until after her IB. She is currently half way through her gap year, having obtained a place at her first choice university. Her decision was the right one. She is growing as a person and she will, I think, be better able to enjoy and thrive at university when she starts in October (just before her twentieth birthday).

I think that in a fair society, with better distribution of resources, we could dispense with the anxieties of applying to universities before obtaining sixth form grades, and gap years could become the norm. Some kind of worthwhile tax-funded work during gap years might be a thing (NOT the crackpot National Service scheme which Sunak has written on the back of a fag packet).
Original post by Yesidontknow
Thank you but do you reckon with a biomed degree I can become a lecturer or something

If you do well in your degree you could embark on an academic career in universities, subject to obtaining funding for postgraduate study. You could also take the PGCE route and teach in schools, a very worthwhile career.

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