junior certificate

Learn More About The Junior Certificate Cycle In Our School


Junior Certificate

Almost all junior cycle students take courses leading to the Junior Certificate, the State examination taken at the end of the third year of junior cycle, when students are 15 years of age. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although three subjects, Irish, English and Mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level. While a majority of subjects are assessed as part of the Junior Certificate Examination, the junior cycle provision also includes a number of subjects that are integral to the curriculum, but are not formally assessed in this way.

The inclusion of these subjects in the curriculum ensures that students receive a broad, balanced education that introduces them to all the areas of experience relevant to the needs of learners at this age and stage of their development. Non-examination subjects at junior cycle in our school include Physical Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Digital Literacy and Religious Education.

In First Year, the Junior Certificate is an educational path in a student’s development where she explores the options and opportunities for the future. In order to facilitate this in first year, the student is exposed to a wide range of subjects, allowing her in second year, later in the year, with her parents and teachers, to make an informed choice about those subjects she wishes to carry forward to the Junior Certificate exams. The junior cycle allows the student to explore and shape an interest and ambition in subject areas for the future senior cycle.

Junior Cycle (3 Years) subjects include:

  • Irish 
  • English
  • Maths
  • Religious Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • French
  • Art
  • Home Economics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economic and Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • C.S.P.E.
  • S.P.H.E.
  • Career Guidance
  • I.C.T.
  • Drama
  • Library
  • Key Focus on Developing Literacy and Numeracy Skills

The Principal allocates students to classes. Subject to sufficient demand and resources, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine, on an annual basis, the range and level of subjects.

*Provision for students with special educational needs is integrated into the curriculum at all levels.

For more information visit www.ncca.ie.