Science and Technology

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It has two subject strands: Science, and Technology and Design. This Area of Learning aims to stimulate pupils’ curiosity, enthusiasm and innovation.

Science and Technology affects all aspects of our world. With the fourth industrial revolution, its relevance and influence will increase further as it delivers novel solutions to worldwide problems.

Through relevant and stimulating contexts, this Area of Learning promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning.

The statutory requirements for the subject strands have a common framework that is linked to the curriculum objectives and key elements. This framework facilitates more collaborative and connected learning. It also encourages pupils to relate their learning to life and to work.

Schools can choose to organise pupils’ learning in Science and Technology by:

  • teaching the subject strands together;
  • connecting learning in the subject strands; and/or
  • teaching the subject strands separately.

If schools teach Science, and Technology and Design as separate subject strands, they should make some connections in Science and Technology.

See the subject strand pages for more information:

Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities

Pupils should have opportunities to develop their Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, and their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities through Science and Technology.


Science and Technology can support the future success of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by addressing some of the constraints and issues identified in the Report of the STEM Review.


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