At Key Stage 3 in science there is new, more challenging content; some topics have been moved from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 3.
Higher mathematical skills are developed which include data analysis and evaluation.
The new GCSEs are tougher in terms of both content and skill and students must be prepared for this by the time they finish Key Stage 3.
All KS3 pupils follow the Oxford Activate Scheme of Work which covers the full science programme of study.
Learning is assessed by a series of standardised tasks and topic tests in the 3 areas of biology, chemistry and physics.
See the science content pages for each KS3 year group for more details of the topics covered.
From September 2016 all KS4 pupils will study the new AQA science 9-1 GCSE curriculum with the majority of pupils studying Trilogy (combined science). Some pupils will study separate sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) as an option.
See the science content pages for more details of GCSE course content.