Our science syllabus aims to stimulate pupils’ interest and enjoyment of science, recognise connections between different areas of science, evaluate and communicate scientific evidence and develop an awareness of science as a social and cultural activity.
The content of this specification is a major revision of the syllabus released in 2015 for 13+, but the content for 11+ is unchanged.
Candidates who take CE science at 11+ will sit one combined paper, testing the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics with equal weighting. At 11+, it is expected that material in Key Stage 1 has already been fully covered.
We offer the CE science 13+ exam at Level 1 and Level 2. At Level 1, candidates will sit one paper with approximately equal numbers of questions based on the 13+ biology, chemistry and physics specifications. We advise schools to consider entering candidates for the Level 1 paper if they are expected to achieve less than an average of 40% on the three Level 2 papers. At Level 2, candidates will sit three separate papers in biology, chemistry and physics.
Please note that at 13+, knowledge of the 11+ specification is assumed and may be examined in the context of questions based on the 13+ specification.
The CASE assessment for science is based on the Level 3 13+ science specification, and is designed to challenge the most able candidates. The exam is divided into three sections covering biology, chemistry and physics.
See the science specification below for further details.
Science CE/CASE specification (for final examinations in June 2022)
New Science CE/CASE specification (for first teaching from September 2021)
Science CE at 13+ specimen papers
Science guidance for summer CE/CASE 2022
CPD: Science CE at 13+ Twilight Session (2021)
Science at 13+ specification comparison (what's changed)
Science teaching resource: Thinking and working like a scientist
Science teaching resource: Teaching with photosynthesis experiments
Science teaching resource: Teaching with models of the lung
Science poster: Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Science poster: Jane Goodall
Science poster: Dorothy Crowford Hodgkin
Science poster: Adrian Pocock
Science poster: Sarah Gilbert
Science poster: Rosalind Franklin
Our Continuing Professional Development programme is a valuable resource for schools and teachers, with experienced subject experts providing friendly, comprehensive guidance on all aspects of CE 11+, 13+ and CASE through regular, interactive webinars. Visit our Events page to find out more about upcoming events.
Explore the way in which the new CE 13+ science specification encourages cross-curricular skills. ‘Thinking and Working like a Scientist’ is intended to bring science to life, in and beyond the classroom. Find out how to encourage this skill in your pupils. We’ll also have a look at one core topic: ‘Energy’. All three of our science experts will be available to answer your biology, chemistry and physics questions, as well as any general questions you may have about the new science specification.
Science expert Neil Ingram delivered a CPD session on the new CE Science specification in 2021 - watch his presentation to find out more about the new specification.
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