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Learning to drive is often a major milestone on a young person’s road to adulthood and

new-found independence. But driving is a skill that needs to be applied responsibly.

The ability to cope well with road and traffic conditions, whether as a driver,

passenger or pedestrian, is vital.

Motor vehicle and road user studies develops a wealth of relevant knowledge and practical skills,

including a greater awareness of the motor vehicle itself and its systems. It focuses on learning to

drive in different conditions and coping with the unexpected. It deals with the various costs involved

in running a car and raises broader issues of traffic management and pollution. It also looks at how

best to avoid accidents and, if one does occur, how to limit the damage.

Throughout, it drives home the importance of making safety top priority. The result is more informed and enthusiastic road users better able to combine their enjoyment of driving with a healthy respect for the road.


This subject helps students to prepare for driver training and the driving test and to become informed and responsible road users.

Through studying this specification, students develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the motor vehicle;

  • an understanding of the legal liabilities of being a road user;

  • knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities of vehicle ownership;

  • a positive and understanding attitude to the use of the road and to other road users;

  • an awareness of the interaction between the road user, the environment and the vehicle;

  • a respect for the safety of road users;

  • the knowledge and skills needed to use a powered vehicle;

  • an understanding of the mathematical, scientific and technological principles of motor vehicles;

  • knowledge and understanding of routine vehicle maintenance; and

  • knowledge and understanding of how to act decisively and positively at the scene of an accident.


Throughout the 2 years, students must complete two controlled assessment tasks:

An Investigative Study - (30%)

Students must carry out primary data collection on a moving traffic condition outside the classroom. The teacher must supervise the students at all times. Students can work in groups outside the classroom to collect data but must work individually, under the teacher’s direct supervision, to write up their investigation in class.

A Practical Riding Activity - (30%)

Students must carry out a practical moped riding activity to demonstrate the skills of vehicle control and road craft. The practical activity takes place in the school environment under controlled conditions.  The teacher supervises each student individually.

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