Key Stage 3 is studied in Year 7 and 8 with students then undergoing a transition year for KS4 in Year 9

Levels achieved by students are tracked three times in each year and departments and Heads of Year use this information to put additional support in place to ensure that each child makes the progress expected of them.

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

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 and will be working on careers and options work during their PSHE lessons as well as their PIXL EDGE sessions.

Year 8 – key dates for your diary:


  • Internal careers fair – year 8 students will present information on careers that they have been studying through PSHE. We also aim to invite external employers to share information and discuss career opportunities with the students
  • 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 their child to study at GCSE at The City of Leicester College.


  • 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.

Below are the current Year 7 & 8 courses – click on the subject links for more information.