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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3

Subjects Offered

Art & Design








Home Economics




Personal Development

Physical Education

Religious Education


Technology & Design

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Key Stage 4

Subjects Offered

Art & Design

Business Studies

Business & Communication Systems

Drama & Theatre Studies

English Language

English Literature




Home Economics

Health & Social Care

Learning For Life & Work


Mathematics - Further


Physical Education


Religious Studies

Science (Single Award)

Science (Double Award)

Science (Applied)

Design & Technology (Resistance Materials)

OCN L2 Extended Certificate in Early Years Learning, Care and Development

Level 2 Occupational Studies - Business & Services

Level 2 Occupational Studies - Environment & Society

Level 2 Performance Skills

Level 2 Preparation for Adult Life

OCN Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

OCN Level 2 Certificate in Information Technology Applications

Prince's Trust Level 2 Certificate in Personal Development

Essential Skills in Application of Number

Essential Skills in Communication


Key Stage 5

Subjects Offered

The school collaborates closely with St Mark’s High School and St Colman’s College to offer pupil a wide range of Applied and General subjects at Post 16 Level.  


Throughout the Key Stage 4 CEIAG programme pupils receive advice and support to help them to make informed decisions regarding Post 16 study in St Mary’s and other career pathways open to them.  All Year 12 pupils (Term 2) attend the Post 16 Subject Carousel, Options Seminar and have an individual interview with the DEL Careers Advisor along with the Principal or Vice Principal to discuss their subject choices.  


The following subjects are offered to current Post 16 pupils:

Non collaboration subjects 

• GCE Art and Design

• GCE Health and Social Care

• GCE Polish

• GCE Professional Business Services 

• GCE Religious Studies

• GCE Sociology

• OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business

• OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT


Collaboration with St. Mark’s High School

• BTEC National Award in Children’s Care in Education 

• BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences 

• GCE Performing Arts

• GCE English Literature


Collaboration with St. Colman’s College

• GCE English Literature 

• GCE French 

• GCE Geography

• GCE Mathematics


All pupils have timetabled Careers Guidance lessons each week and have access to a range of resources in the Library and Sixth Form Study Centre.  In Year 13 pupils follow an extensive enrichment programme which supports their personal development, preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities of Third Level Education, employment and adult life.


St Mary's High School, Newry

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