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GCSE/A Level Options

Curriculum/Courses Offered

The Board of Governors, through the work of the College, aims to provide a curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils and to equip pupils for the demands of employment and life. The curriculum is planned to be wide ranging and reflective of the Entitlement Framework.  All pupils in Key Stage 3 are offered the same curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils choose subjects from choice blocks, which are drawn up in consultation with the pupils. The College endeavours to satisfy the choices made by pupils. At the end of Key Stage 4 pupils choose GCE/vocational subjects from choice lines which are reviewed annually. Every effort is made to satisfy pupil subject choice. However, where class sizes are not viable or subjects are on conflicting choice lines this may not be possible.

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Courses offered:

1. G.C.S.E. or equivalent in:


Art & Design


BTEC Level 2 ICT Double Award
Business Communications

Business Studies


Child Development




English Literature


Further Mathematics



Home Economics: Food and Nutrition

ICT Multi Media

ICT Programming



Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies

Moving Image Art


Occupational Studies

OCN Carbon Footprint

OCN Certificate in Information Technology

OCN Certificate in Personal Success and Well Being

OCN Certificate in Skills for Employment

OCN Certificate in Vocational Skills

OCN Religious Studies

OCN Science

Physical Education


Preparation for Adult Life

Prince's Trust

Product Design: Resistant Material

Religious Studies

Science: Double Award

Science: Single Award



The College currently offers Applied GCSEs in Business, Construction, Drama and ICT.

Other subjects include the non-examination element of the curriculum ‘Learning for Life and Work’.

Learning Support Pupils are offered Level 2 Home Cooking Skills, Level 1 Personal Money Management, Essential Skills in Communication and Numeracy and Level 1 Employability Skills.

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2. Advanced Level GCE (AS and A2) in:


Art and Design


Business Studies


Digital Technology (IT)

English Literature

French (MRLP)





Physical Education


Product Design

Religious Studies          

Software Development



St Patrick’s College plays a key role in the Magherafelt and Rural Learning Partnership (MRLP). As well as enabling the sharing of staff development good practice, the Partnership allows the College to work with the other schools in the Partnership to enhance the curricular provision in the College. The College offers Music, Performing Arts and History A Level to schools who attend the College for lessons. St Patrick’s pupils can choose to attend Partnership schools for A Level French and Spanish.    


3. Applied GCE


Currently the College offers a choice of Applied ‘A’ Levels in:


Double Award and Single Award

- Health and Social Care


• Single Award only

- Information and Communication Technology

Applied Business




Currently the College offers a choice of BTEC in:


              National Diploma in Sports Development and Fitness (equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels)

              National Diploma in Applied Science (equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels)

              National Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

            (equivalent to 1 ‘A’ Level)

              National Extended Certificate in Engineering  (equivalent to 1 ‘A’ Level)

National Subsidiary Diploma in Travel and Tourism (equivalent to 1 ‘A’ Level)


Please note:


The College’s curriculum is arranged in such a way to enable each pupil to receive a broad and balanced education and to reach their potential.  All courses are open to both boys and girls.


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