KS3 Curriculum

At The City of Leicester College we have a broad and exciting curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 (KS3). As well as all students studying a range of subjects as part of their core curriculum, they also take part in theme days and activities throughout the three years. Mid-way through Year 9 students will begin the process of choosing which subjects to continue with in Year 10 as part of their progression onto GCSE.
Our curriculum across key stages three, four and five is underpinned by our six curriculum principles, which are outlined below:

Ensuring that what we teach our students is relevant to their lives and context.

A curriculum that is broad yet focused on what is important; one that has clear concepts to be taught and knowledge to be gained. Content needs to be appropriately challenging in its content, texts, concepts, resources

Consideration must be given to where units are placed; how they build on prior learning and how they are sequenced so learning is connected and logical. Students should be included in understanding how their learning journey fits together.

Ensuring that the curriculum we deliver is challenging and ambitious for all students at all levels, including those students with SEND, EAL, or other groups.

Inspiring Learning is about making sure our students enjoy their learning so they are motivated to learn, and in turn are inspired to extend their learning in further education and be confident that they can positively impact the world around them.

If students can’t remember what they were taught last lesson, then has it been learnt? It’s important to shift knowledge from the working memory into the long-term memory so students can remember, and build on, what they have been taught.

Click on the subject links below for more information.


ADTEnglishFrenchGeographyHistoryICTMathematicsMusicPerforming ArtsPersonal, Social & Health Education Course OutlinePersonal, Social & Health Education Course OverviewPhysical EducationReligious StudiesScienceSpanish

Year 9 Options

Students usually choose their options towards the middle of Year 9. They then spend Years 10 and 11 studying these subjects, leading up to their GCSEs in the summer term of Year 11. The term ‘options’ is used to describe the subjects students can choose to take at GCSE level. 

Click on the link below to view the Options available for students who will start studying their GCSEs in 2024/25

Key Stage 4 Options Booklet

Translated Guides

These translated guides can help multilingual students and their families make decisions about their options. 

Arabic - Y9 Options

Gujarati - Y9 Options

Hindi - Y9 Options

Punjabi - Y9 Options