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Science KS3-KS4, KS5

Last updated on 10 June 2021

Science curriculum - KS3-KS4

The national curriculum for science to be taught in all maintained secondary schools:

DfE: National curriculum in England: science programmes of study

Guidance from the DfE

These programmes of study are issued by law; you must follow them unless there’s a good reason not to.

These programmes of study apply to all schools maintained by the local authority in England. They came into force in September 2016 for pupils up to and including year 10. For pupils in year 11, they come into force from September 2017.

Schools are not required by law to teach the content indicated as being ‘non-statutory’.

GCE AS and A Level

GCE AS and A Level subject content for science for teaching in schools from 2015.

DfE: GCE AS and A level subject content for science


Herts for Learning offers a programme of support to assist schools with the design, planning and implementation of the science curriculum through bespoke training and consultancy.

To discuss your needs and arrange support please contact Herts for Learning on 01438 544464 or email:

First published 18 August 2020 - Last updated on 10 June 2021