Your guide to six new subjects at secondary school
One of the best things about starting secondary school is being able to study lots of exciting new subjects. You’re likely to be in different classrooms for every subject and often they’ll have different names to the things you learnt at primary school.
But don’t worry – no one expects you to know everything. We’ve got you covered with our inside guide to some subjects that you might not have studied before.
Modern Foreign Languages
You may have had a few language lessons before, but you’ll be able to really improve your skills with modern foreign languages (MFL) at secondary school. Not all schools choose the same languages and it could be different to what you studied at primary school, from French to Spanish or even Mandarin. Check out our MFL page to brush up on the lingo.
Looking back from the present day all the way to Medieval Britain, History at secondary school will show you how past events have shaped the world we live in now. You might learn about things like world wars and the industrial revolution. There may even be more school trips to historical sites or local museums than you had at primary school too!
Computer Science is like ICT in primary school, but in more detail. You’ll learn skills that can teach you how to programme new systems and understand how computers work, which you can use to make games and websites. How cool is that? You can be sure to find help for homework or tests with our KS3 Computer Science guides.
Fancy yourself an explorer? Geography is the study of new places, people and cultures, meaning you’ll be taking a trip all around the world from your classroom. Some secondary schools may look at the earth in more detail with Geology, a type of Geography studying how rocks and land change over time.
English Language & Literature
Like how Science gets split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics, at secondary school Literacy becomes English Language and English Literature. You’ll probably just study both subjects in one English class at the start of secondary school, but, just so you know, Language helps with speaking and creative writing whereas Literature is all about understanding books, poetry and plays. We’ve created some great new guides on KS3 English if you want a head start!