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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3

Subjects Offered

  • Art & Design

  • Citizenship

  • Drama

  • Employability

  • English

  • French

  • Geography

  • History

  • Home Economics

  • ICT

  • Irish

  • Mathematics

  • Music

  • Personal Development

  • Physical Education

  • Religious Education

  • Science

  • 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

  • French

  • Geography

  • History

  • Home Economics

  • Health & Social Care

  • Learning For Life & Work

  • Mathematics

  • Mathematics - Further

  • Music

  • 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


Post 16

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 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

  • GCE Health and Social Care (Double Award)

  • BTEC Sport


Collaboration with St. Mark’s High School

  • GCE Performing Arts


Collaboration with St. Colman’s College

  • GCE English Literature 

  • 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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