I got a Science Degree and then I did a PhD.
If you like science, but you are not interested in doing research (for example you want to be a science teacher), then you don’t need a PhD, but if what you want to do is being in a lab doing your research, then only a PhD can prepare you for that. It’s really hard, but it is one of the most rewarding thing I have done!
I did science A levels, then went to University and did a science degree. At that point I could have got a job in science but I chose to do a PhD – to go far in a career as a scientist you have to do a PhD at some point, whether it’s straight after university or after you’ve been working for a while.
A university degree in a scientific subject is widely regarded as the minimum requirement to enter a career as a scientist. Usually, a scientists career starts by doing a PhD. A PhD isn’t like other qualifications because instead of learning what is already known and doing exams, you do original research.
To work in, say, a university research team – you need A-levels, a good science degree, maybe a masters and, preferably, a PhD in the subject you are interested in. And then you can start changing the world!