• Question: what set of science were you in in secondary school?

    Asked by jean1met on 8 Mar 2024.
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      Simone Girdham answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      My subject was just called science, but it was a mix of biology, chemistry and physics.

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      Amy Rattenbury answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      We didn’t have sets for science at school but for GCSE I chose Biology and Chemistry and got As in both. I stuck with the Biology for A-Level getting a B overall. But I think it’s worth noting that some of the best scientists I work with now struggled with science at school to start with but they were passionate, persevered and found a specialist area where they could excel.

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      I was always in the top set from Chemistry, Physics and Maths at school. I actually won the school prizes in chemistry and maths in my last year at high school.

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      Michael C Macey answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      My school only had 100 people in my year, of which 20 did Biology and Chemistry, so there was one set for all of these.

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      Ravindu Ranaweera answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      I did Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths in my A’ levels. During O’ Levels I did biology and human biology as well. But I found numbers more interesting.

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      Erin Pallott answered on 9 Mar 2024:

      I also didn’t have sets for the sciences in my school, only maths and English. I was in a lower set for both of those, as I really struggled with my studies around Year 8 to 10. I was averaging C grades in most subjects at the time. It took a lot of work, but I spent a lot of time on rethinking how to study, and I ended up with As and A*s in the sciences in the end!
      Sets are just to help give students the right support they need at the time, it doesn’t limit what you can achieve!

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      Christie Waddington answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      I was in Set 3 out of 8. Sets 1 – 3 got to do separate sciences rather than the dual award for GCSE.

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      Pam Harrison answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      I was in the top set, and we had the option to do 3 sciences at GCSE if in that set. I would say, it wasn’t the best school for Science so the top set covered a range of abilities not just the A* students!

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      We had 4 sets for science, the top set did triple award science and the other 3 sets did double award. So I was in set 3, and if I’m honest I was nearer the bottom of set 3. I just didn’t understand the relevance of what I was being taught, why did I need to know all that stuff and why did it matter to me. But now I’m older I’m aware that I wasn’t the only person to think like this and I’m still not. That’s why it’s great having schemes like this so students can get to see how the knowledge taught in the classrooms is applied in “real life” and you get to see the types of jobs you can get.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      We didn’t have sets at my school because it was so small (no more than 300 people). It was very academic, though, so there was a lot of fancy science going on! I did all three sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) because I couldn’t decide which ones I liked best at the time.

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      Sharron Kenny answered on 4 Apr 2024:

      i was home schooled so there was no such thing as a set.