The course is for anyone in the world to take. We have had students from many different countries. Many of the examples in the lessons are US-centric simply because we are a US-based organization, but we try to choose themes that are universal. It is probably going to make the most sense to people who have science training — either working as researchers, or studying science at the college level, or working in a professional field in the sciences — engineering, teaching, healthcare, etc. High school students are welcomed to try it, but some of the lessons might be a bit advanced depending on the student.
Gina Misra, the editor in chief of Sciworthy, is the instructor of the course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to reach her. She has worked with the Sciworthy writing team for the past several years to develop this course based on our experience editing and communicating science online to broad audiences. Our team has published in both academic and popular publications in a variety of styles and disciplines. Many of us also have taught at the university level. We make it our number one job to stay up to date with the latest knowledge and best practices in communicating science in using the written word.
Every person who passes the course with a score of 70% or more will receive a certificate, IF they request one on the payment form at checkout. You have to tell us you want one so we can prepare it. Not everyone needs or wants one, so it is left as a choice.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit scientific research institute. Because we are scientists, the content has been reviewed by our network of experts and is informed by research. But we are not a school and we don’t grant degrees. Students, be aware that this course will not automatically transfer to your degree audit. It is up to you to follow your own institution’s rules to see if this “counts.”
The certificate is like the kind you would get for any other outside training — it says you have successfully completed the requirements of the course to earn a 70% or better, and is signed by a real person who has graded your work. It also contains our contact information if someone needs to reach us to verify that you did indeed take this course and pass, or if they have questions about our curriculum.
The definition of a “credit” varies from country to country, even between institutions.
We estimate that it is a 10 hour course. In the US, 10 hours is usually equal to 1 credit. We do not know what 10 hours means for your institute, so you will have to do your own calculation.
Since we are not a university or degree-granting institution, you should make sure to verify with your institution what they accept if you are attempting to use this course to earn formal credits in school or for professional development.
If you are interested in taking this course for school credit, it is up to you to make sure your school will accept it. The same applies if you are doing this for your job. They are welcomed to contact us directly at email@example.com if they need clarification on any of this.
High school students can try this course, but there are aspects of it that may be a bit advanced or out of context for them since it is targeted toward working adults and graduate students. It is not out of the question, though! It just has not been tested with 15-18 year olds, but if you’d like to try it, we can offer you a generous group discount. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set this up.
This course provides initial training and guidance for science-trained professionals and students who want to become freelance science writers. However…
Some careers have required certifications, licenses, etc to be eligible to work those jobs. This is NOT a certification (such as what you’d get for a medical, law, teaching, or IT job). A certification and a certificate are not the same thing.
The certificate is official proof that you have completed the course with a 70% or better. This course does NOT guarantee you a job or path to a career. It is for your own professional development, education, and knowledge. What you learn in this course will help you improve your writing so that you are more qualified for popular science freelance writing opportunities. Some pay and some do not. Even with that, it is still up to you to do your own networking into those opportunities and continue to practice and develop these writing skills on your own beyond the course.
No one will offer you a writing opportunity simply because you have taken this course. You still have to meet the publication’s standards.
If we still have not answered your question, please email email@example.com.