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Curriculum

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The curriculum offered by this school endeavours to meet the requirements of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2006. The provision will be subject to the resources (teachers, facilities and equipment) present in school and the identified needs of the pupils.

Key Stage 3

Years 8 - 10

All pupils follow broadly based courses in subjects which contribute to the Areas of Learning within the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The Areas of Learning and their contributory subjects are:

  • English - English;

  • Mathematics - Mathematics;

  • Environment and Society - Geography, History;

  • Modern Languages - French, Spanish;

  • Science and Technology - Science, Design and Technology;

  • The Arts - Art and Design, Music, Drama;

  • Learning for Life and Work;

  • Physical Education;

  • Religious Education;

  • Home Economics.

  • ICT

In Years 8,9 and 10 pupils are placed in mixed-ability classes.  However, where possible, pupils will be ‘set’ by ability in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.  This will provide an initial firm footing for GCSE studies. 

Key Stage 4

Years 11 & 12

Markethill High School offers a broad range of subjects at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) in-house.  The subjects offered, including academic GCSE’s, general GCSE’s and equivalence including BTEC and OCN qualifications. The school fully meets the Entitlement Framework requirements.

All pupils study the following core subjects:

  • English (full course),

  • Mathematics (full course),

  • Science (Single Award, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics),

  • Religious Education (GCSE or OCN),

  • Physical Education

  • Careers

The following subjects are additionally offered to pupils at GCSE level.

  • Agriculture and Land Use

  • BTEC Animal Care

  • Art and Design

  • Business Studies

  • Digital Technology

  • Drama

  • English Literature

  • French

  • Further Mathematics

  • Geography

  • History

  • Home Economics – Food & Nutrition

  • Information Technology Applications

  • Learning for Life and Work

  • Motor Vehicle and Road Use Studies

  • Moving Image Arts

  • Music

  • Prince’s Trust

  • Spanish

  • Technology and Design

Furthermore, a number of pupils in Years 11 and 12 travel to the SRC in Armagh one day per week to partake of Occupational Studies modules or BTEC qualifications.

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