St Bees School

KS3 Science

KS3 Science


Course Overview

Following the Cambridge International lower secondary Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 (KS3) helps learners develop lifelong curiosity about the natural world and helps them to seek scientific explanations to the phenomena around them.

Students develop a holistic approach to Science by considering scientific thinking and practical skills alongside knowledge and understanding, which is vital for explaining the world around us.

This approach provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to excel at Science in later stages of education. It also helps them to make informed choices, including considering sustainability issues and meeting the challenges facing our environment.

What Students Will Learn

While following the Cambridge International Lower Secondary Science curriculum, KS3 students will study the subject which is divided into six main areas called ‘strands’:

  • Biology – living things and their interaction with each other.
  • Chemistry – the study of matter.
  • Physics – the interaction of matter and energy.
  • Earth and space – planet Earth, the wider Solar System and beyond.
  • Thinking and Working Scientifically – develops understanding and skills of scientific models and representations, scientific enquiry and practical work. 
  • Science in context – unique to our Science curriculum, this helps teachers demonstrate the relevance of Science to learners

Pathways to Further Learning

The study of Science in KS3 gives students to take in the vast subject in manageable chunks, giving them a wider view on the subject and encouraging them to develop the skills needed to excel in a scientific world.

It's a fantastic introduction to science and will lay the foundations for those looking to study the subject at a higher level at IGCSE or AS/A Level.