Junior Certificate


Core subjects taken by all students:

Irish, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)*

Religious Education, Physical Education and Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)*

Students select four subjects from the eight listed below, one of which must be a language:
French, Italian, German, Art, Business Studies, Home Economics, Music, Science

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)

This is a course in citizenship based on human rights and social responsibilities. It aims to develop active citizens who have a sense of belonging to the local, national, European and global community with an ability to fully participate in democratic society. It is examined at Junior Certificate level by way of a written examination and project.

Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)

This programme supports the personal development, health and well being of students and helps create and maintain supportive relationships. RSE (Relationships and Sexual Education) is part of the SPHE programme. It aims to provide opportunities for our students to learn about relationships and sexuality in ways that help them think and act in a moral, caring and responsible way.


The title of Junior Cert Art is changing from Art, Craft and Design to Visual Art. This is a three year course.

In First Year students develop knowledge, understanding, values and skills in Visual Art and lay down the groundwork in formative assessment.

Students develop these skills in Second Year based on scenarios issued by the NCCA, leading to a class based assessment in Term 2.

Students have another class based assessment, showing evidence of learning, in Term 1 of Third Year. Scenarios for individual project work are issued by NCCA/SEC at the beginning of the year. Students are required to significantly develop their ideas and realise two artefacts for examination by the SEC.

Business Studies

Business studies focuses on improving students’ understanding of the business environment and on developing skills for life, work and further study through the three inter-connected strands: Personal Finance , Enterprise and Our Economy .

Topics covered: Budgeting, Banking and Insurance, Consumer Law, Marketing, Economics, Enterprise, Double Entry Book-keeping and accounts for businesses.

Assessment: Takes place across 2nd & 3rd Year

2nd Year - Classroom Based Assessment 1 - A group project to be submitted after Easter.

3rd Year - Classroom Based Assessment 2 - Individual project where students to investigate and present project on a business-related topic. 10% of final grade

Assessment Task & Final Exam in June (1 two hour, common level paper) 90% of final grade

Home Economics

Home Economics for Junior Certificate is divided into 3 areas: Food, Health and Culinary (Cookery) Skills; Responsible Family Living; Textiles and Craft. The course will be examined in 3 ways:

A practical cookery examination marked by the SEC during the 3rd year (50% of final SEC marks)

A written examination set and marked by the SEC at the end of 3rd year (50% of final SEC marks)

2 classroom based assessments in Creative Textiles and Food Literacy


Students entering in September 2018 will sit the NEW Junior Cycle Music. This new and exciting syllabus incorporates both class-based assessments, a practical and a terminal exam. The class-based assessments will take place at the end of 2nd yr (1: a Composition Portfolio)

2nd term of 3rd yr (2: a Programme Note on the material which will be performed in the Practical exam).

There will also be a Practical Exam in 3rd Year, which will amount to 30% (3 pieces) and a terminal examination in June. Both of these will be assessed externally. All students have the option of performing solo or in a group. Students will learn the recorder in class as part of their music programme. They can play this for their performing exam, or sing or play piano or play any other instrument.


Junior Cycle Science is split into four four contextual strands:

Physical world

Chemical world

Biological world

Earth and space

These are brought together under the unifying strand Nature of Science.

Class based assessment 1: Extended experimental investigation (EEI). In April/May of second year students will, over a three-week period; formulate a scientific hypothesis, plan and conduct an experimental investigation to test their hypotheses, generate and analyse primary data, and reflect on the process, with support/guidance by the teacher.

Class based assessment 2: Science in society investigation (SSI). In October/November of third year Student will, over a three-week period: research a socio-scientific issue, analyse the information/secondary data collected, and evaluate the claims and opinions studied and draw evidence-based conclusions about the issues involved, with support/guidance by the teacher.

  • Assessment Task (10% of SEC grade): The Assessment Task is a written task completed by students during class time, at the end of third year. It is related to the learning outcomes on which the second Classroom-Based Assessment is based.
  • Final Assessment(90% of SEC grade): Written examination in June, two hours long, at a common level.

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