Today’s poll: Should practical work count towards grades in science A levels?

In a letter to The Times today scientists, engineers and business leaders say that the move will produce a generation of scientists unable to apply their knowledge in laboratories or fieldwork. They appeal for support to force the exam regulator to reverse the decision. Do you agree?

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Comments

  1. Lorenzo_EBSLtd

    SchoolsImprove Every course should have a practical element. We’re preparing kids for work so they should know how to apply their knowledge

  2. arwenwhite

    SchoolsImprove Speaking as a biology A level teacher – of course there should be a practical element. Preparing scientists not theorists.

  3. Yes but there are different ways of doing it. I’d make basic experimental competence a fundamental that has to be evidenced through coursework as a qualifier to take the exam.

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