Key Stage 3 is studied in Year 7 and 8 with students moving on to start GCSE courses in Year 9 (KS4).

Levels achieved by students are tracked five times in each year and Hubs and Achievement Coordinators use this information to put additional support in place to ensure that each child makes the progress expected of them.

We carry out a course evaluation each year, asking students about their learning at Key Stage 3. The results have shown that we are providing a challenging, enjoyable and appropriate curriculum for our students and we are constantly seeking ways to improve this.

At the City of Leicester College we begin studying for GCSEs in Year 9 and continue with these studies through into Year 10 before taking the exams at the end of Year 11.  This will means that for Year 8, they will begin their GCSEs option process in the New Year, culminating in making their final option choices around Easter, ready to begin their GCSE studies in September 2019.

Students in Year 8 will receive an updated Key Stage options booklet in January which will contain all the GCSE subject information they need and further information regarding the options process. Please look out for this booklet and discuss the options with your child.  They will experience assembly presentations from all subjects during the course of January and February 2019 and will be working on careers and options work during their PHSE lessons as well as their PIXL EDGE sessions.

Year 8 – key dates for your diary:

W/C 4 February – Internal careers fair – year 8 students will present information on careers that they have been studying through PHSE. We are also aiming to invite external employers to share information and discuss career opportunities with the students

Wednesday 13 February 5-7pm – Options Subject Fair – parents and students are invited into College to talk to subject specialists and discover the wide range of subjects that are available for your child to study at GCSE at The City of Leicester College. No appointments are necessary. Click HERE to view our Y8 Options Booklet 2019.

Wednesday 6 March 11-7pm – Student Review Day – all year 8 students will be expected to attend an interview on this day with a member of the leadership team to discuss their GCSE options and any future career plan they may be thinking. Parents are invited to attend this interview appointment with their child.

We believe effective teaching is underpinned by the DTT (Diagnosis – Therapy – Testing) process.

Diagnosis- the teacher finds out what the students already know or can do e.g. questions, test.
Therapy – the teacher designs specific tasks to ensure students are supported and challenged to make progress.
Testing – the students’ work is assessed to ensure they have ‘mastered’ the skill or knowledge.

Students need to know for each unit or lesson what they are expected to know or be able to do.


the key stage 3 curriculum

Click on the images below to view the subject information.