Junior Certificate/Cycle

Junior Certificate

The junior certificate is a three year programme with students studying on average ten subjects at both higher and ordinary level.  Students may study Irish, English and Maths at foundation level.  All students study English, Maths and Irish (unless the student has an official Irish exemption from the Department of Education and Science, see circular M10/1994). Some of our students also take part in the Junior Certificate Schools Programme (details below).  The Junior Certificate programme is currently being revised with the first examination in English in June 2017. Further information can be found on www.ncca.ie or www.juniorcycle.ie

Subjects Offered at Junior Certificate level are:

Irish;          English;          Maths;         Science;     Business Studies;      Spanish;       History;      CSPE;

Geography;        P.E.;          Religion;           ICT;          SPHE;

Art;    Woodwork;    Home Economics;    Metalwork;     Technical Graphics;   Technology;     Music

Students study a range of practical subjects in our ‘Taster Programme’ in the first term of 1st year then choose two to take forward for their Junior Certificate Exam.

Junior Certificate Schools Programme

The Junior Certificate School Programme is a national programme sponsored by the Department of Education and Science and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. It originated in the early school leavers’ programmes initiated by  the Curriculum Development Unit. Currently the programme is operating in over 240 schools throughout the country.


The Junior Certificate School Programme aims to provide a curriculum framework that assists schools and teachers in making the Junior Certificate more accessible to those young people who may leave school without formal qualifications. It attempts to help young people experience success and develop a positive self-image by providing a curriculum and assessment framework suitable to their needs. On completion of the programme students receive a profile which is an official record of their achievements  from the Department of Education and Science.


Cross Curricular Methodologies

Cross-curricular work is a linking of subjects. It is an approach to methodology which fosters learning by first-hand experience and the active participation of students in planning, decision-making and in evaluation. The aim of cross-curricular work is to provide students with an active, enquiring education which is grounded in the issues of everyday life so that they may become flexible and adaptable members of society. There are a whole series of cross-curricular statements that teachers can choose from.