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Science is exciting and very relevant

Colleges have dismissed earlier “demise of science” predictions as alarmist, following a boost to apparent growth trends.

Responding to blanket media criticism of falling applications, enrolment figures, and pass rates in physics, chemistry, and biology throughout the country, colleges in South East England claim measurable increases across the board.

A statement released yesterday by the Association of South East Colleges (AOSEC) indicates a 15% increase in enrolments at AS Level at Alton College, who has invested £3m in a new Science Centre to cope. At Richard Collyer College in Sussex, students achieved two out of the top five A Level Electronics” results. Physicist, Joe Brock, expects “growing numbers will soon render existing facilities insufficient.”

Several colleges have introduced a Forensic Science BTEC Award to which they attribute a recent surge of interest, while others cite passionate staff, energetic leadership, and key industry collaborations as the secret to success.

Anne Johnson, Head of Science and Technology, says: “We find employer engagement vital to the process and we invite companies to come and talk to the students and reinforce the message that science is exciting and very relevant to the future.”

Leona Baldwin.

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