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 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 based on British Values.
In Years 7 and 8 students follow a common curriculum which is tailored to meet their needs. Students start to make choices about what they study in Design and Technology and Expressive Arts in Year 9. Students in Years 10 and 11 are offered greater choice, enabling a more personalised curriculum. In Years 12 and 13 students are able to follow a range of Level 1 to Level 3 academic and vocational courses.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
At New College Leicester, all students study the following subjects which we call core and foundation subjects, as identified below:
|Core/Foundation Subject||Subject||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Design and Technology||✓||✓||O|
|French or Literacy *||✓||✓||✓|
|Humanities: History, Geography, Citizenship||✓||✓||✓|
|Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education||✓||✓||✓|
* depending on need.
Sex and relationship and careers education are taught at identified times throughout the year.
Details on what is included in each subject can be found by following the subject links.
Students are given the opportunity to make some choices over which subjects they would like to continue to study in Year 9. These options relate to Expressive Arts and Design and Technology subjects and are indicated by an O in the table above. To support this decision, discussions are held with staff, students and parents.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In Key Stage 4, students will study a mix of core and optional subjects, the majority of which lead to a GCSE or equivalent qualification.
The core subjects which all students study are:
- GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
- GCSE Mathematics
- GCSE Science
- Physical Education (not examined)
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education not examined
- Careers, Citizenship, Computing, Sex and Relationship Education, Religious Education (not examined unless chosen as an option)
GCSE or equivalent are currently offered in:
|Humanities||Languages||The Arts||Design & Technology||Other|
|History||French||Fine Art||Catering||Business Studies|
|Ethics||Russian*||Performing Arts||Resistant Materials||Health & Social Care|
|3D Art||Product Design||Sport|
Other qualifications offered in:
* GCSE’s in additional languages e.g. Italian, Dutch can be taken by students for whom this is their own 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 six main parts:
- A major course: A Levels and/or BTEC/NVQ’s Level 1-Level 3.
- Enrichment Studies: Courses to develop literacy/numeracy/employment skills including retakes for English and Mathematics if an A*-C has not been 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 and Maths||5 or more GCSE’s at grade A* – G|
|Level 3||Level 1/2|
|Type of course||Advanced Programme
|Course Length||Upto 2 Years||1 Year|
* only courses with significant numbers will run.
Select any of the subject headings below to find out more about what is taught:
|Design and Technology||English|
|Languages||Computer Science and Business Studies|
Some of these subjects you will be able to follow through to Post-16.
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