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New College Leicester Curriculum

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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
Core English
Foundation Art O
Computer Science
Drama O
Design and Technology O
French or Literacy *
Humanities: History, Geography, Citizenship
Music O
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
Religious 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:

Optional Subjects:

GCSE or equivalent are currently offered in:


Humanities Languages The Arts Design & Technology Other
History French Fine Art Food Technology Business Studies
Geography Polish* Music Resistant Materials Computer Science
Religious Education Russian* Performing Arts Product Design Health & Social Care
Media Studies
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Further Additional Science

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:

  1. A major course: A Levels and/or BTEC/NVQ’s Level 1-Level 3.
  2. Enrichment Studies: Courses to develop literacy/numeracy/employment skills including retakes for English and Mathematics if an A*-C has not been 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. Relationship and Sex Education: Healthy relationships and Pregnancy
  7. 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
A Levels:
  • Art and Design
  • English Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Photography

Vocational Qualifications:

Intermediate Programme
Course Length Upto 2 Years 1 Year
Next steps
  • University
  • Employment
  • Apprenticeships
  • Level 3 course
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment

* only courses with significant numbers will run.

Select any of the subject headings below to find out more about what is taught:

English Expressive Arts/Design and Technology
Humanities Languages
Computer Science and Business Studies Inclusion
Mathematics Physical Education
Science Vocational Education
Careers Advice and Guidance PSHEE Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

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

British Values at New College Leicester

British values at New College Leicester are based on our college values: British Values

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