Junior Cycle

Junior Certificate Programme:
First Year:

All first year students are taught in mixed ability classes and study the following core subjects

  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • Technology (ICT)
  • Religious Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • CSPE
  • SPHE
  • P.E.
  • Information & Communication

Classes are formed on the basis of pre entry assessment tests together with assessments from Primary Schools. All possible steps are taken to ensure a balanced mix of abilities in each of the classes. In May students sit formal examinations English, Irish and Mathematics. Based on their results in these examinations (together with any assessment tests), they are organised into new class groups in 2nd year. The mixed ability classes from 1st year remain unchanged for all the other core subjects.

Subject Options

In addition to the core subjects students choose three other subjects from the nine option subjects:

  • Art
  • Materials Technology (Wood)
  • German
  • Business
  • Home Economics
  • Science
  • French
  • Materials Technology (Metal)
  • Technical Graphics
Second and Third Year:

Where it is deemed necessary classes in core subjects are timetabled back to back. Option classes will be mixed ability – students choose the level in consultation with their teacher. Students are encouraged to take higher level where appropriate.Students choose their levels for all Junior Certificate subjects in April of Third Year in accordance with DES rules.

May 06
May 10
1st Year Core Exams
May 27
Summer Exams
Jun 03
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