The City of Leicester College’s curriculum provides exceptional opportunities and can offer one of the widest and most varied choices of any school in Leicester. Although it is compulsory that students follow some ‘core’ subjects, we provide many alternative, personalised pathways for the curriculum that they choose. There is a natural transition from Key Stage 4 to 5 with the majority of students choosing to stay on into our Sixth Form.

Students study a core of English Literature, English Language, Mathematics and a minimum of two GCSEs in Science. Those students who follow the Combined Sciences pathways (two GCSEs) also study Religious Studies as part of their core programme. However those who follow the Separate Sciences pathway instead gain their three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition all students will take part in Physical Education (PE) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which have no exams attached.

Below are the current Key Stage 4 courses. Click on the subject links for information on the course description and awarding bodies.


The core subjects are part of the curriculum which all Year 10 and Year 11 students must follow:

Science (Trilogy) or Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Physical Education
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
Personal, Social & Health Education

option subjects

In Year 10 and 11 students will continue with three of their option subjects:

3D Design
Computer Science
Film Studies
Fine Art
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Graphic Communication
Health & Social Care
Modern Foreign Languages
Physical Education
Sport Studies
Textile Design

Community languages

Students at The City of Leicester College are offered the possibility to take a GCSE and/or A level in a language they can speak/read/write and listen confidently.

Students are allowed to be entered for their Community Language exam from Year 11 onwards (Students are entered for the Higher tier only).

Over the past few years we have had a number of successful students achieving a GCSE and/or A level in the following languages: Gujarati, Italian, Panjabi, Greek, Arabic and Urdu.

For more information please contact Mrs Lambourne at