Curricular Provision

The school provides the following educational programmes for its students:
  • Junior Certificate Programme
  • Transition Year programme
  • Leaving Certificate Programme
  • Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (L.C.V.P.), optional as part of Leaving Cert programme
All students follow the Transition Year programme.

The overall provision is organised as follows:

1st year


English                Science
Irish                      Home Economics
Maths                   Business
French                 Music
German              Art
History                C.S.P.E.
Geography

*except those students with an exemption from the DES.

All students are timetabled for the following non-exam subjects:

Religion
Physical Education
S.P.H.E.
Computers

All classes are mixed ability in first year.

2nd and 3rd year


English                     Geography
Irish*                          French or German
Maths                        C.S.P.E.
History

*except those students with an exemption from the DES.

Students choose three subjects from the following options:

Business                                   Music
Science                                      Art
Home Economics

Student preferences in any one year group determine the combination of subjects available to students entering second year.

All students are timetabled for the following non-exam subjects:

Religion
Physical Education
S.P.H.E.

With the exception of Irish and Maths, all classes are mixed ability in second year.

With the exception of Irish, English and Maths all classes are mixed ability in third year.

4th year


Religion                           Food Studies
English                            First Aid
Irish*                                E.C.D.L.
Maths                              Mini Company
French or German        S.P.H.E.
Biology

*except those students with an exemption from the DES.

Students choose four subjects from the following list:

Business
Physics
Chemistry
Home Economics
Music
History
Geography

These subjects are studied on a modular basis and act as a “taster” so that students can make informed choices regarding Subject Choice in the Senior Cycle. 

Students are also exposed to a range of co- curricular and extra curricular activities for three class periods per week. These include self defence, yoga, circuit training, community activities, dance etc.

The staging of a Show is an integral part of Fourth Year, where all students participate in a production in whatever area bests suits their talents and skills. 

5th and 6th year


English
Irish *
Maths
French or German

*except those students with an exemption from the DES.

Students choose three subjects from the following list:

Biology                                History
Chemistry                          Geography
Physics                               Music
Business/Accounting      Art
Home Economics

Student preferences in any one year group determine the combination of subjects available to students entering fifth year.

It is the policy of the school to offer the widest possible number of optional subjects to students. However, the numbers of students indicating a preference for a specific subject together with the number of hours allocated by the DES will sometimes limit that choice.

Students are timetabled for the following non-exam classes:

Religion
Physical Education
Career Guidance
Computers

Leaving Cert Vocational Programme


Students have the option of studying the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) as an eight academic subject.

The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the established Leaving Certificate with a dynamic focus on self directed learning, innovation and enterprise. Participants of the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.

LCVP is made up of two Link Modules entitled‚ 'Preparation for the World of Work' and 'Enterprise Education'. These are studied along with at least five other subjects for Leaving Certificate.

Assessment of Link Modules is by way of written examination (40%) and by Portfolio of Course Work (60%). Assessment of the other five subjects is through the established Leaving Certificate exam.

LCVP students receive an additional award for the results of their Link Modules (ie Pass, Merit, Distinction).

Points are awarded for these awards in the following way:

Pass:               30 points
Merit:                50 points
Distinction:      70 points

















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