Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies

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.

What will I study?

Our GCSE in Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies is available at two tiers of entry: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Students entered for the Foundation Tier are eligible for the award of grades C–G. Students entered for the Higher Tier are eligible for the award of grades A*–D, with A* being the highest.

The following six sections detail the motor vehicle and road user theory on which students are assessed in their external written exam (Unit 1).

  • Vehicle Control and Road User Behaviour;
  • Legal Requirements;
  • Road Transport and its Effect on Society;
  • Motoring Mathematics;
  • Accident Procedures; and
  • Motor Vehicle Technology.

Units 2 and 3 are controlled assessment tasks.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Final Paper – 50% Investigative Study – 25% Practical Riding – 25%

Useful Links?

CCEA – MVRUS Microsite – contains a range of info for this subject including specification, past papers and support material.

NI Direct – Motoring Section – provides a wealth of info on motoring including, MOT, insurance, vehicle tax and registration, Highway Code and practice theory tests.

How stuff Works – A website that provides visual aids to explain the mechanics of a vehicle.