Key Stage 3

In St. Joseph’s College we aim, within the framework of the Northern Ireland Curriculum, to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils. We strive to create the learning conditions in which our pupils can achieve to the maximum of their potential; maturing to become confident, skilled and responsible individuals, able to succeed in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils will study a number of subjects based on the General Learning Areas of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. These are listed below:

General Learning Areas
Language & Literacy Mathematics Science & Technology Environment & Society
English with Mathematics Science History
Media Education Including Financial Capability Technology & Design Geography
The Arts Modern Languages PE RE
Art & Design French
Drama Spanish

Learning for Life and Work

Pupils study the following aspects of Learning for Life and Work

  • Personal Development, Home Economics, Local and Global Citizenship, Employability

Pupils are offered the opportunity to study French and Spanish. They study both languages in Year 8 and choose one language to study in Year 9 & 10. In addition Year 10 KS3 pupils study modules in Media Studies, Drama, Mini-Enterprise and International Award. All Key Stage 3 pupils study ICT.


In Year 8 pupils are placed in mixed ability classes, with classroom assistant support. We take into consideration the information we received from primary schools and information from parents before final class lists are prepared and pupils placed in classes.

We set high standards and children will be challenged to achieve academically.