Motor Vehicle And Road User Studies at Nendrum College
At 48, the number of people killed on Northern Ireland’s roads during 2012 was the lowest since records began in 1931. However, this is still 48 families and circles of friends who have lost someone they love and care about because of someone’s behaviour and attitude on the road. Each year since, the fatality figure has been increasing.
Our pupils often attended the launch of one of new DOE/PSNI road safety adverts, and the Chief Constable always reminds pupils that research shows 95% of collisions are not accidents – they are caused by human error.
These are just some of the statistics that MVRUS pupils have been studying this year in GCSE MVRUS. The course focuses very heavily on promoting an understanding of positive behaviour and attitudes of all road users.
GCSE MVRUS is an applied subject which has 3 units:
Unit 1: Motor Vehicle and Road User Theory (40%)
This involves a study of…
· Vehicle control and road user behaviour
Driving and riding under adverse conditions; Physical and mental fitness of the driver; Causes and prevention of road accidents; and The Highway Code
· Legal requirements
Motor Insurance; Documentation; The vehicle; and Helmets
· Road transport and its effect on society
Development of the modern road system; Motoring laws; and Pollution
· Motoring mathematics
Buying a vehicle and Motoring Costs
· Accident procedures
Precautions; Involvement in an accident; Post-accident procedure; and First Aid
· Motor vehicle technology
Principal components of passenger cars and motorcycles; Power units; Engine lubrication system; Fuel system; Exhaust system; Electrical system; Cooling system; Transmission system; Braking system; and Steering and Suspension Systems.
This unit is externally assessed through one written exam in June of Year 12.
Unit 2: Investigative Study (30%)
This unit involves a written piece of coursework analysing data collected from a live traffic survey. This is a controlled assessment and will be completed in school during Year 12.
This year, we have been investigating adherence to the 30mph speed limit on the Newtownards Road as vehicles come in and out of Comber.
Unit 3: Practical Riding Activity (30%)
This unit involves completing a test in practical moped riding skills. The moped and all required safety equipment for this activity is provided by school. This unit is a controlled assessment and may be completed throughout Year 11 and Year 12.
Further information is available from Mr Cowden.