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New College Leicester Curriculum

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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:

Compulsory subjects:

  • 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)

Optional Subjects:

G.C.S.E. or equivalent offered in:

Humanities Languages Science The Arts Design & Technology Other
History French Core Fine Art Catering Business Studies
Geography Polish* Additional Music Hospitality Computer Science
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
  • ICT
  • Performing Arts
  • Science

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:

  1. A major course: AS/2 Levels and/or BTEC/NVQs Level 1 – Level 3.
  2. Enrichment Studies: Courses to develop literacy/numeracy skills including retakes for English and mathematics if an A*-C was not secured.
  3. Tutorial Time: Individual time with a Tutor
  4. Personal Study: Independent study time in and out of the Sixth Form Centre
  5. PSHEE: Social, Moral, Cultural, Ethical and Health Studies.
  6. 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
Advanced Programme

AS/A2/ Applied A Levels:
  • Applied Science
  • Art
  • Media Studies
  • Visual Media (photography)

Vocational Qualifications:
  • BTEC Business Studies
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • BTEC ICT
  • BTEC Sport
  • Hairdressing
Intermediate Programme
  • Hairdressing
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths

Vocational First Certificates:
  • BTEC Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC ICT
  • BTEC Public Services
  • BTEC Sport
  • Travel & Tourism
Course Length
AS—1 Year
A2—2 Years
1 Year
Next steps
  • University
  • Employment
  • Apprenticeships
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.

Homework Timetable

At New College Leicester our teachers give regular homework to our students to further enhance their education.

Homework Timetable

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