Tuesday, 22 September, 2020

Leaving Certificate

Our Leaving Certificate Curriculum offers an excellent range of subjects allowing pupils access the diverse range needed to equip students for education in the 21st Century.


Compulsory subjects Choice Subjects Choice Subjects continued
Irish Agricultural Science History
English Art Home Economics Social & Scientific
Maths Biology Physics
Business studies Design Communication Graphics
Additional subjects Chemistry Optional Subjects
Career Guidance Construction Studies Applied Maths
Physical Education French Music
R.S.E. Geography

Which subjects should I pick?


Ask yourself three questions.


  1. What do I enjoy doing most?
    You need to enjoy what you are doing because you are going to spend a lot of time doing it.
  2. What am I best at?
    Success gives you confidence
    Success spurs you on
    Success breeds success.
  3. What career am I aiming for?
    Find out what subjects you need
    If you don’t know what you want to do then keep your options open

Will I be able to change a subject if I find that it does not suit me?

Yes, this is possible if it is thought to be in your best interests. You should discuss this with your Subject teacher, your Year Head, and Careers teacher. Any proposed changes must be agreed by your parents and by The Principal. The appropriate change of subject form must be completed. All changes made must be within the established Options Columns

Will I be taking L.C.V.P.?

All students will have the opportunity to take L.C.V.P. (Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme). This has three classifications – Distinction Merit and Pass, and a distinction is worth 70 points. Students are expected to take LCVP except by permission of the Principal. LCVP is accepted by all Irish Universities, except Queen’s University Belfast. Requirements for LCVP are detailed in the subject list.

What sizes are Classes?

These vary from about 8 to about 20, but most classes will have about 12 pupils. These smaller classes give you a great opportunity to form a good working relationship with your teacher and class mates alike.

How would I spend a typical week?

You would have a very busy time, with no time to get bored. Here is an approximate break down of your week. We are planning to move to 30 minute periods with 11 periods per day. Based on that premise, the breakdown of a typical week would be as follows.

English, Mathematics & Irish (7 periods/week) 21
4 Chosen subjects (6 periods/week) 24
L.C.V.P. (3 periods/week) 3
Careers (2 periods/week) 2
Religious studies (1 periods/week) 1
RSE (1 periods/week) 1
PE (1 periods/week) 1
Study periods (2 periods/week) 2
Total 55

What careers guidance will I receive?

Senior Cycle: Career Guidance


The Guidance and Career Education Programme outlined in this document aims to provide all pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding to manage their own lifelong learning and career development.

Key Features of the Programme

Building upon providing the best Guidance Service for each student, a strong Guidance Plan is delivered through classroom instruction (curriculum integration), enriched/additional learning opportunities (e.g. workshops/seminars on conflict resolutions/time management skills), community-based learning (field trips, work experience), and individual assistance (such as conflict with another student or difficulties in work experience placement).

The main objectives of the Programme follow:

• To provide each class and each year with a level of guidance, commensurate with their present needs.
• To consult and negotiate with management, subject teachers, year heads and class teachers a structure for an appropriate guidance service.
• To highlight the social/personal and educational dimensions of guidance along with the traditionally well organised vocational element.

Assessment Strategies

Assessment information is central in matching careers with the student’s abilities, interests, and preferences. It applies to data about the student’s career interests, educational and vocational aptitudes, achievements, and special needs are reported to provide the relevant parties with the necessary baseline information.

Career Development Activities and Information on Guidance

An effective Guidance Programme requires the support of a wide range of up-to-date information. The Career Counsellor thus, provides students with the necessary tools to “acquire, interpret and use this current information relevant to their personal and social, educational and career development.” This entails being aware of what information pupils require: identifying sources of useful information (access to careers library, computerised occupational information and self help careers guidance tools); setting up systems for acquiring, storing and disseminating information; (e.g. job openings and opportunities) and demonstrating to pupils how to process and use information to facilitate them in their decision making. (ie. explanation and usage of UCAS tariff points) Examples’ of Career-related activities that can help a student develop an unbiased perspective and self-confidence include: exploring occupational and educational options, investigating job requirements, writing curriculum vitas and cover letters, filling out application forms, participating in mock interviews, completing assignments in an accurate and timely manner, and to communicate effectively with others.

Please Note: The Career Guidance Counsellor will endeavour to be available at any stage during the academic year should parent or student alike wish to discuss Career Choices or related topics.

What are the facilities for private study?

Use of the Study Room.

For the first time in your school career there will be a small proportion of time that is set aside for private study. The Study room is an essential part of Senior school in that much of the work consists of private individual research and preparation. Without the active co-operation and respect of every student the facility will not be fully effective. The study room will be supervised.

• You must establish a routine here. It will not replace the need to work at home, but it will assist you in your work and will allow school to assess your capacity to work independently and maturely.
• All students are preparing to face state examinations, it is essential that you work in a consistent and methodical fashion so that you are properly prepared for those examinations. It is with these demands in mind that the following advice and guidelines have been devised.

How do I study?

Experience shows that students quite often fail to achieve their true potential because they do not know how to work effectively. This may be because:

• they cannot get started,
• they have no plan of the work they wish to do,
• they waste time on inefficient methods of study.

You will have developed your own skills for Junior Cert., and these must be refreshed, maintained and consolidated. The Senior Cycle Support Programme will help you to do this. This programme will be offered through an Induction Seminar and a number of Study Support Classes which can be tailored to suit individual needs. The programme is designed to maximise each student’s opportunity for success at the Leaving Certificate. It is designed to help you to reach your full potential Some general hints are:

• a private place to study at home,
• an established routine, homework club is available every evening.
• complete concentration and active participation in class and
• determination and a hunger to succeed, remember the ultimate prize, success.

What activities are there outside the classroom?

• Sport – table tennis, basketball, swimming, rugby, soccer, horse riding, etc
• Community Service – voluntary service, charity collections etc.
• Debating
• Music

Kept in perspective, what is done outside the classroom can:

• build the skill of working with others
• contribute to a healthy lifestyle both now and in the future
• complement your CV for HE & job selectors
• give enjoyment.

It is important that you take every opportunity both inside and outside school to demonstrate a commitment to others and a willingness to be involved in community life. This will be an essential feature of your University application or any C.V. that you compile.

Where can I get help?

Year Head

The Year Head is really your first point of contact. In junior and middle school, you may have sought to avoid your Year Head. In Senior school, they should be seen as an indispensable source of advice. Don’t wait for your subject teacher to identify your problems to the Year Head. Be proactive and enlist their support.

Subject Teacher

The relationship between student and teacher is quite different at Leaving Cert., being at school serves your career interests and therefore subject problems should be sorted out as they arise. It is important that you give your undivided attention in class to the explanation of the subject content, and that when problems arise you ask your teacher for assistance.

Mrs Wright-Kendrick,

Mrs Wright Kendrick is the school counsellor and will readily listen to your concerns with a sympathetic and understanding ear.

Mrs Graham

Mrs Graham is available to offer study support to any student who feels that they require some additional help.

Ms Murnaghan

Ms Murnaghan is the school careers advisor and is always willing to give accurate and up to date advice regarding career requirements.

Mr Reid

Mr. Reid is the designated teacher to deal with any complaints that you may have against a member of staff or another student concerning inappropriate behaviour. Mr Reid will deal with all complaints in a thoroughly professional manner.