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Welcome to the Science Department. Information relating to each year group, including curriculum details and extra-curricular activities, can be found using the tabs on the left hand side. Staff details are also available there.

Mrs J. Pettener
Head of Science

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Key Stage 3

KS3 Science at Upton-by-Chester High School runs over Years 7 and 8. In science Year 7 are taught in mixed ability groups.  We use data collated throughout Year 7 to place them into science sets in Year 8. Pupils are assessed throughout the two years using a variety of assessment methods. These include periodic online assessments, paper-based assessments, extended writing assessment tasks and teacher assessments. An average grade of attainment is calculated throughout the year and this data is used to set students into their classes, the following year. Our Key Stage 3 grade descriptors below provide finer details of topics and subject content.

Key Stage 4

GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All students should learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should gain appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences and that are both inter-linked and of universal application. At Upton, we chose to follow the Edexcel Combined Science course.

Science is a compulsory subject in Key Stage 4. All students are required to take Combined Science which is worth two GCSEs. Some students choose to take all three Science subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and achieve a GCSE in each subject. Students taking the separate sciences must select this as one of their options. We only recommend the separate Science option for students in set 1.

Sixth Form

Three A levels are available, these being the traditional sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Each A level is a 2 year linear course examined in the summer term at the end of year 13.


The Science department prides itself upon enriching the curriculum with educational visits. Please see the links on the left hand side for reports and photos of our recent trips and expeditions to NASA, CERN, Madagascar, Cuba, Honduras, Anglesey and Chester Zoo. We also offer many after school booster sessions and a science club. Please see each year group tab for details.

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