CURRICULUM
"The College motto Gloria ab Intus (Glory from within) reflects our conviction that education is not merely concerned with the imparting of information but is also about helping young people to mature as individuals."

St. Malachy's, as a Diocesan College, aims to create a Catholic ethos in which students flourish and develop all their talents. The school therefore begins from the principle that its curriculum, which is seen as the total range of learning experiences and activities provided by the school, including its pastoral provision, is intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person. Belief in a God of love, justice and forgiveness is seen as being essential to this process.

 

The College motto Gloria ab Intus (Glory from within) reflects our conviction that education is not merely concerned with the imparting of information but is also about helping young people to mature as individuals. The College seeks to preserve its traditions of spirituality and learning so that all pupils and staff can experience continuity in achievement and further their own spiritual, educational and personal growth in a pleasant, interesting and stimulating environment.

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SUMMARY OF CURRICULUM PROVISION

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In Years 8 to 10, all pupils follow the same curriculum, which includes a total of fifteen subjects as well as discrete provision for Learning for Life and Work. Elements of LLW are also infused across the learning areas, along with opportunities for the development of the cross-curricular skills (Communication, Using

ICT, Using Maths).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Year 8 and Year 9 LLW includes the delivery of;

  • Personal Development           

  • Citizenship

  • Employability               

 

In year 10 extra time is given to Employability in preparation for GCSE and important career choices. In addition, the three sciences are delivered by specialist teachers and taught as three individual strands

Art & Design                         Physical Education               Drama

Music

English

French

Irish 

Spanish

Science                                         Technology

Home Economics

Mathematics

Geography

History

Religious Studies

ICT and Computing Skills

LLW

Enrichment

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Sciences:

 

  • Double Award Science

  • Triple Award Science

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

 

Core Subjects:

 

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Mathematics

  • Religious Studies

Languages:

 

  • French

  • Irish

  • Spanish

  • Gaeilge

Options:

  • Art and Design

  • Business and Communication Systems (BACS)

  • Business Studies

  • Computer Studies

  • Drama

  • Further Mathematics

  • Geography

  • History

  • Home Economics

  • Learning for Life and Work (LLW)

  • Leisure and Tourism

  • Moving Image Arts

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Technology and Design

The Sixth Form Curriculum aims to build upon the foundations laid in KS4.

The College tries to accommodate any combination of subjects. Pupils normally study three subjects for AS and those with a strong GCSE performance are encouraged to study a fourth subject at GCE AS-level. Most students take three subjects through to A2 level but some may continue to study four.

 

The following subjects are currently being offered at A-level: 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of these subjects are offered through collaboration with other schools from within the North Belfast Area Learning Community.

All pupils are required to supplement their A-level studies by taking additional courses in Religious Education (except for students taking A-level Religious Studies) and Careers Education. There is a full and varied Enrichment Programme which includes Accredited Qualifications in areas such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), ILM Aspire Leadership, Sports’ Coaching and Mental Health and Resilience as well as courses promoting life skills such as Survival Cooking! This is complemented by visiting speakers on a variety of topics including drugs awareness, social media, driving, university life and career opportunities. All students also have a fortnightly tutorial period.

Applied ICT 

Business Studies

Design & Technology

English Literature

Geography

Home Economics

Mathematics

Physics

Sociology

Travel & Tourism

Art & Design   

Chemistry    

Drama

French

Health & Social Care

Irish

Moving Image Arts

Politics

Spanish

 

Biology            

Computing (SSD)             

Economics

Further Mathematics

History

Journalism

Music

Religious Studies

Sports Studies