KS3 Curriculum

The Curriculum at Key Stage 3

The Objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum are to provide relevant learning experiences which help each young person to develop as an individual, a contributor to society, the economy and the environment.

It is intended that Subject strands within and across Areas of Learning will be linked more explicitly and effectively than in the past, in order to facilitate better learning.

Area of Learning


Contributing Subjects


LANGUAGE and LITERACYEnglish, including Media Education
MATHEMATICS and NUMERACYMathematics, including Financial Capability
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGYScience, Technology and Design Information & Communication Technology
ENVIRONMENT and SOCIETYHistory, Geography, Business Studies
THE ARTSArt and Design, Music, Drama
MODERN LANGUAGESFrench, Spanish, German
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONPhysical Education
RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONReligious Education is provided in accordance with legal requirements.

SKILLS and CAPABILITIES

The following Skills and Capabilities will be explicitly developed through all Areas of learning in the Curriculum:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
  • Personal and Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information and Communications Technology