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Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies

MVRUS Co-ordinator: 

  • Mr R. McMinn

Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies (MVRUS) is taught as an option at GCSE Level.


In Years 11 and 12 Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies can be chosen as a GCSE option. 

The Exam Board we use for GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies is CCEA. Click here to go to the CCEA GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies Home Page.

Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies will give pupils the opportunity to explore and develop the necessary skills to cope with everyday life after school. As young people’s lifestyle and travel patterns change so do the risks they race when using the road.  In that context one of the most important life skills is the ability to cope with road and driving conditions as they exist today.


The specification aims to encourage students to:


  • Develop an interest in and appreciation of the motor vehicle;

  • Develop an understanding of the legal liabilities of being a road user;

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities of vehicle ownership;

  • Develop a positive and understanding attitude to the use of the road and to other road users;

  • Develop an awareness of the interaction of the road user, the environment and the vehicle;

  • Develop a respect for the safety of road users;

  • Learn to act decisively and positively at the scene of an accident;

  • Acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the use of a powered vehicle;

  • Develop an understanding of the mathematical, scientific and technological principles of motor vehicles;

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of routine vehicle maintenance; and

  • Acquire a range of manipulative and communicative skills appropriate to the subject.

Key Features

The key features of the specification are as follows:


  • It has applied status, with 60% controlled assessment and 40% external examination components.

  • It involves a practical riding activity and an investigative study.

  • The course offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key    Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland.

  • There are two tiers of entry appropriate for the full range of GCSE students aiming to achieve grades A* - G.

  • It gives students the opportunity to progress from the road safety aspect of the Northern Ireland Key Stage 3    Personal Development curriculum.

Prior Assessment


  • Pupils do not need to have prior attainment or experience to do this course.






Unit 1:  

Motor Vehicle and Road

User Theory

  •  Vehicle Control and Road User Behaviour

  • Legal Requirements

  • Road Transport and its Effect on Society

  • Motoring Mathematics

  • Accident Procedures

  • Motor Vehicle Technology

External Written Exam

Two tiers of entry:

- Foundation:

Grades C-G

1 hour 30 min

- Higher:

Grades A*-D

2 Hours




Unit 2:

Investigative Study

Controlled assessment
This must be related to an identifiable area of the syllabus.

Teacher assessed then moderated


Every Summer

Unit 3:

Practical Riding Activity

Controlled assessment
This component of coursework requires candidates to demonstrate skills of vehicle control and road craft.  Two mopeds on permanent loan from the Department of the Environment are used only in school.

Teacher assessed and then moderated




At least 40% of the assessment must be taken at the end of the course as terminal assessment.

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