Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies
- Mr G. Millar - Head of Department
- Mr P. Toman
For many years it has been accepted that our educational system must equip young people not
only with the knowledge to pass examinations but with the skills necessary to cope with everyday
life after school. In that context one of the most important life skills is the ability to
cope with road, and driving conditions as they exist in Northern Ireland today.
The loss of young lives is both tragic and largely avoidable. The importance of road safety
teaching has been clearly recognised by the listing of the subject within the Education Reform Order (NI) 1989.
Each year the number of road deaths continues to rise. This subject gives pupils the opportunity
of a greater insight in the reality of being a road user both now and in the future.
3 structured elements:
- theory paper (50% of overall mark)
like any other full GCSE, a choice of Higher and
Lower Tier papers can be taken.
Tier paper lasting 1.5 hours will carry a range
of grades from C-G inclusive.
The Higher Tier
paper lasting 2 hours will carry grades from
A*-D (E) with E being awarded to those narrowly
failing to achieve grade D.
- investigative study carried out during the 2
year course (marks allocation of 25%)
will involve a detailed research study of
traffic problems at a location near the school.
Over the past number of years the most popular
type of project examines how speeding is a
problem in Newry.
- practical riding carried out on a moped
within the school grounds, not on public roads
(25% of the overall mark)
- The Highway Code - understanding the basic
rules and regulations for all road users
- Environmental Factors and the Road User -
understanding how and why different weather
conditions effect the road user
- Human Factors which effect the Road User -
understanding how health problems and
disabilities effect a driver or road users
- Alcohol Abuse - understanding how alcohol
effects a person with special reference to the
- Legal Requirements for being a Driver
understanding about driving licences, MOT,
insurance and other documentation needed to be a
legal driver on the road
- Financial Costs of being a Driver -
understanding what costs are involved in being a
driver including the buying and selling of
- Post Accident Procedure - understanding what
to do if involved in an accident or helping at
the scene of one
- Motor Vehicle Technology - a basic
understanding of what happens under the bonnet
when the engine is started and the vehicle is in