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There are lots of changes when moving from Primary to Secondary school and it all takes a bit of getting used to.
It's often the first time pupils have had to:

  • Travel to school by themselves, perhaps using public transport
  • Make a brand new set of friends and leave old ones behind
  • Tackle regular homework and meet deadlines independently
  • Organise their own books and equipment
  • ...and much, much more!

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 foundation 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. We've put together a list of targeted books specifically for use in Year 7, plus books to use throughout the KS3 curriculum. And for some extra practice, check out our amazing free KS3 10-Minute Tests

We've explained some of our top KS3 product types below:

Revision Books

These bestselling CGP books explain everything students need to learn, all in plain English.


Packed with useful practice questions, these books are great to use alongside our revision books.

Question Cards

Revision Cards with questions on the front and answers on the back — perfect for quick-fire practice!


Fantastic money-saving bundles containing essential workbooks for every KS3 year and subject.

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