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Second Level Curriculum

The curriculum for Ireland's primary and post-primary schools is determined by the Minister for Education and Skills who is advised by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The curriculum sets out, not only what is to be taught, but how learning in the particular subject area is to be assessed.

The programme of study followed in junior cycle varies. At the moment, almost all 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. Read More

Transition Year is a one-year, school-based programme between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. Read more

The established Leaving Certificate is a two-year programme, containing a range of distinct subjects normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level . Read more

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. Read more

The circumstances in which a student will be given exemption from Irish are very limited. Read more




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