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Upton-by-Chester High School


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

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 curriculum, from September of Year 9 until the end of the Key Stage. All students in Year 9 and 10 follow GCSE Combined Science. This course if followed until Year 11 will result in students achieving 2 Science grades.  At the end of Year 10 we will recommend Separate Science to those students who are achieving at Grade 7-8 and above, these students will achieve 3 Science grades. Both pathways can lead to students progressing to study the A-level Sciences, if the grade entry requirements are met. Please follow this link to access the Specifications for GCSE 9-1 Science.

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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