The traditional Leaving Certificate examination is the terminal examination of post-primary education and is taken when students are typically 17 or 18 years of age. Syllabuses are available in more than 30 subjects and students are required to take at least five subjects, one of which must be Irish.
Reinforce and further develop in the young person the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, skills and competencies acquired at primary level.
Extend and deepen the range and quality of the young person’s educational experience in terms of knowledge understanding, skills and competencies.
Develop the young person’s personal and social confidence, initiative and competence through a broad, well balanced, general education.
Prepare the young person for the requirements of further programmes of study, of employment or of life outside full time education.
Contribute to the moral development of the young person and develop a tolerance and respect for the values and beliefs of other
Prepare the young person for the responsibilities of citizenship in the national context and in the context of the wider European and global communities
Option Subjects offered may vary from year to year depending on the needs and the resources within the school. Students study TWO subjects from the choices beside:
German, French or Spanish
Art or Business Studies
Areas Of Experience
Language Literature and Communication
It is through language that students learn about themselves, others and the world around them. It is the key to learning and is supported across a wide range of curriculum contexts. Through language development they develop critical and cultural awareness
Mathematical Studies and Applications
This area of experience supports the development of awareness of patterns and relationships in shape and number as well as skills in estimation and measurement. It is encountered across a wide range of curriculum contexts. At the heart of this area of experience is the skill of problem-solving.
Science and Technology
This area of experience brings the students into contact with the world around them, and invites them to discover, understand and manipulate the processes which drive it. It supports the development of inquiry and curiosity as well as creativity and ingenuity
Social, Political and Environmental Education
Students learn about the physical, social and cultural forces which have shaped the world in which they live and discover how they will contribute to shaping the lives of future generations
Through this area of experience pupils can develop practical and perceptual skills which promote intellectual and aesthetic development. Curriculum in support of this will emphasise reflection and self-expression and the acquisition of critical skills
The physical and mental well being of pupils can be supported through this area of experience. Pupils can develop and practise physical skills, participate in individual and team activities and learn how to set and reach challenging goals.
Religious and Moral Education
This area of experience brings the pupils into contact with questions of meaning, purpose and value, and provides opportunities for reflecting on how contemporary society, and previous generations have engaged with these questions.
Guidance, Counselling and Pastoral Care
A wide range of personal and social skills is associated with this area of experience which focuses on the pupils’ own lives as young people and their future lives as adults in society.
Programmes of Study
The programme of study followed in junior cycle varies. Almost all student take courses leading to the Junior Certificate, the State examination taken at the end of the third year of junior cycle when pupils are 15 years of age. In addition students are eligible to participate in an additional reward the Junior Cycle School Programme Award (JCSP).
Pupils also have classes in Career Guidance.