New College Leicester Curriculum
The curriculum at New College Leicester is personalised to cater for the needs of all learners so that each child is prepared for life’s opportunities, responsibilities and experiences. Each student has a curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the national curriculum but is also supplemented by the college’s broader curricular provision.
There are five key principles underpinning the design of the college’s curriculum.
- All students have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that stretches them intellectually and is relevant to their needs.
- A strong core curriculum (English and mathematics) ensures that basic skills are embedded at an early stage so that students are able to access the wider curriculum.
- A curriculum that is fully personalised and inclusive and meets the needs of individual students at every Key Stage.
- An extended curriculum that ensures all students have access to support, extension and enrichment opportunities.
- Encouragement of a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and discovery that will prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life beyond the college.
At key stage three, students follow a common curriculum which is tailored to meet their needs. In Years 9, 10 and 11 students are offered greater choice, enabling a more personalised curriculum. In Years 12 and 13 students are able to follow a mix of Level 1 to Level 3 academic and vocational qualifications.
Key Stage 3 and the National Curriculum
Key Stage Three
All students in their first two years at New College Leicester study the core curriculum which includes English, mathematics, science, physical education, computer science, personal, health and social education and religious studies. Their curriculum is enriched by studies in humanities, visual arts, music, drama, design and technology, careers and French. Details on what is included in each subject during years 7, 8 & 9 can be found on the subject links on the curriculum pages on the school website.
During Year 8, full consultation takes place between staff, students and parents to support the students choosing what expressive arts subject they wish to continue to follow in Year 9.
Choices in Year 9
During Year 9 your child will choose which subjects they will study at Key Stage 4. Their studies in many of these subjects will lead to nationally recognised qualifications such as G.C.S.E.’s and BTEC’s. They will need to choose subjects they enjoy and can do well in, but should also try to get a balance of subjects – this will give them more options when deciding on courses and jobs in the future.
The college will give you information about options in Year 9. Your child may find it helpful if you talk over these choices with them.
Key Stage 4 & the National Curriculum
Students in Years 10 and 11 are usually between the ages of 14 and 16 years old.
In Key Stage 4, your child will either study a mix of compulsory and optional subjects, the majority of which lead to a G.C.S.E or equivalent qualification. The subjects they will have to do are:
- English (G.C.S.E.)
- Maths (G.C.S.E.)
- Science (G.C.S.E./BTEC)
- Core Physical Education (not examined)
- P.H.S.E. (not examined)
- Citizenship/Sex Education/RE (not examined unless chosen as an option)
G.C.S.E. or equivalent offered in:
|Humanities||Languages||Science||The Arts||Design & Technology||Other|
|History||French||Core||Fine Art||Catering||Business Studies|
|Ethics||Russian*||Additional Applied||Performing Arts||Resistant Materials||Health & Social Care|
|BTEC||3D Art||Product Design||Sport|
|Further Science||Media Studies|
BTEC qualifications offered in:
- Business Studies
- Health & Social Care
- Performing Arts
Other qualifications offered in:
- ASDAN Cope level 1 & 2
- *G.C.S.E.’s in other languages e.g. Polish, Russian can be taken by students for whom this is their first language
Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Students in Years 12, 13 and 14 are usually between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.
In Key Stage 5, all student programmes have five main parts:
- A major course: AS/2 Levels and/or BTEC/NVQs Level 1 – Level 3.
- Enrichment Studies: Courses to develop literacy/numeracy skills including retakes for English and mathematics if an A*-C was not secured.
- Tutorial Time: Individual time with a Tutor
- Personal Study: Independent study time in and out of the Sixth Form Centre
- PSHEE: Social, Moral, Cultural, Ethical and Health Studies.
- Work Experience: in a relevant field of work.
The major courses on offer include:-
|If you have……||5 or more grade A* – C or above including English||3 or more GCSE’s at grade D or above including English|
|Level 3||Level 2|
|Type of course||
AS/A2/ Applied A Levels:
||Level 3 Programme at New College Leicester, other colleges or employment|
These are all dependent on take up.
Select any of the subject headings below to find out more about what is taught:
Some of these subjects you will be able to follow through to Post-16.
At New College Leicester our teachers give regular homework to our students to further enhance their education.
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