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JUNIOR CYCLE

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Junior Cycle

As well as the core subjects of English, Irish and Maths, students have a wide choice of subjects to choose from at Junior Cycle.

OUR CORE SUBJECTS

ENGLISH

HISTORY

SCIENCE

OPTION SUBJECTS

TECHNICAL GRAPHICS

TAUGHT AFTER SCHOOL

MUSIC

NON EXAM SUBJECTS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

C.S.P.E

SOCIAL PERSONAL & HEALTH EDUCATION

RELIGION

WELLBEING

JUNIOR CYCLE

This three year programme replaces the Junior Certificate and has been phased in since September 2014.

The new Junior Cycle, features revised subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills, and new approaches to assessment and reporting. Schools have more freedom to design Junior Bycle programmes that meet the learning needs of all students. For students, the new Junior Cycle means that the curriculum available in their schools is a mix of subjects and short courses as well as other learning experiences. 

These curriculum and assessment arrangements will promote a focus on active and collaborative learning. In particular, learners will be enabled to use and analyse information in new and creative ways, to investigate issues, to explore, to think for themselves, to be creative in solving problems and to apply their learning to new challenges and situations. Given the changing nature of knowledge, the ease with which students have access to information, and the pace of change in the workplace and the world generally, these competences and skills are critical to the preparation of young people for learning and living. 

Students study Irish, English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, Business Studies,  Religious Education, Physical Education, SPHE, CSPE and Wellbeing with two/three of the following subjects:  Art, Technical Graphics, Music, Wood Technology.

To cater for the needs and talents of individual students, Irish, English and Maths may be studied at two different levels: Higher Level (A: Árd) or Ordinary Level (G: Gnáth). Only students with an exemption recognised by the Department of Education and Skills can be excused from the study of Irish. All other new Junior Cycle subjects are studied at common level.