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Science key stage 4

Statutory content

"Science is an integral part of modern culture. It stretches the imagination and creativity of young people. Its challenges are quite enormous." 

Professor Malcolm Longair, CBE, FRS, FRSE. Emeritus Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy; Director of Development, Cavendish Laboratory; Professorial Fellow of Clare Hall.

Programmes of study

The statutory programmes of study are an important element of the wider curriculum and establish the core entitlement for all pupils.

Guidance on planning, continuity across the key stages, new opportunities, inclusion and support for assessment.

Level descriptions have been reviewed across all levels in light of changes to the primary and secondary curriculum. 

Subject comparison tool

A comparison tool allowing subject teachers to compare elements of programme of study for different subjects to provide an invaluable starting point for planning a coherent curriculum.

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Curriculum case studies

a science experiment

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