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The step up to Year 7...

There are lots of changes when moving schools and it all takes a bit of getting used to. So that nothing comes as a shock, we've put together some information on Key Stage 3 and the subjects students will take when they start their new school.

Key Stage 3 (KS3) is the first stage of the Secondary Curriculum

  • KS3 is usually taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 (between the ages 11 and 14), but some schools start Key Stage 4 (GCSEs) in Year 9. 
  • There are no formal tests in KS3, but students will usually take tests set by their own school towards the end of Year 9. 
  • KS3 forms the foundations for the step up into GCSE.

What subjects are covered at KS3?


All students will be taught these subjects as part of the KS3 National Curriculum:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Art and Design
  • Citizenship
View the full KS3 range

CGP's best books to get you started...

Our KS3 range is packed with super, helpful books, full to the brim with study notes, practice questions and everything else students need to put them on the road to success. Once a student has settled down and got into the swing of things, teachers will be able to recommend any areas where they could do with a bit of extra guidance. That’s where CGP can help — we'll happily talk you through which books we offer to help students succeed.

KS3 English Study Guide

  • EHR35
This smashing Study Guide contains clear, friendly notes explaining every important topic and skill for KS3 English, including reading, writing, ... More info

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  • £4.95

KS3 English Workbook (with answers)

  • EHW35B
This fantastic KS3 English Workbook contains plenty of practice to help students build all the important skills, including reading, writing, quoting ... More info

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  • £5.95

KS3 Maths Complete Revision & Practice - Higher (with Online Edition)

  • MHS34
This smashing Complete Study & Practice book has everything students need for success in Key Stage Three Maths! Every topic is explained with clear, ... More info

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  • £10.99

KS3 Science Complete Study & Practice - Higher (with Online Edition)

  • SHS34
Everything students need for success in Key Stage Three Science… in one book! This Complete Study & Practice guide is fully up-to-date and brimming ... More info

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  • £10.99

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