The 10th-14th of February was Science Careers Week here at Archbishop Beck. Year 13 Biology A level students were privileged to take part in a workshop on Recombinant DNA technology, with Danny Cosgrove from Edge Hill University, which made for really interesting discussion on the use of fluorescent marker genes and the ethics of genetic technologies. Danny also shared his pathway to his career in genetics and the interesting fields that he has worked in so far, including his travels to Africa in search of a cure for schistosomiasis, a deadly disease that could be easily treated. The students really enjoyed this opportunity to hear what life is like as a working Scientist.
Our 6th form Biology and BTEC students have had talks from a Biomedical Scientist who has spent many years working in local hospitals. Debbie Costain gave our students a real insight into her career pathway and the day to day tasks involved in her role in busy hospital labs. Debbie has now decided to use her skills to train to become a science teacher.
Our younger students have had opportunities in their lessons this week to discuss the career pathways that Science can open to them, linked to the topics they are currently studying. Our year 10s have had a presentation about "Science after GCSE" and the types of careers on offer to them using Science. We have shared with them the destinations of some of our 2019 students who have gone into the field of science or have used their science qualifications in other areas - our "Science Stars." For many of our students there could be careers and opportunities in Science that have yet to even be invented!