The Junior Cycle programme follows on from what students have studied in Primary school. It is a broadly based programme designed to provide a good general education and to prepare students for their Senior Cycle studies.
The First Year curriculum is intended to provide the newcomers to secondary school with as wide a range of educational experience as possible, so that each student may discover his/her scholastic and vocational aptitudes.
All students currently take each of the following subjects:
Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE) • Irish • English • Maths • Social Personal & Health Education (SPHE) • French • German • Science • History • Geography • Business Studies • Religious Education • Art, Craft & Design • Music • Technical Graphics • Choir or Home Economics & Woodwork
All students currently take each of the following examination subjects:
Irish* • English • Maths • History • Geography • Science • CSPE • Religion
* (unless exempt from Irish by the DES)
They also choose three other examination subjects from the following list:
French • German • Business Studies • Art, Craft & Design • Music • Materials Technology Wood • Technical Graphics • Home Economics
Students entering 2nd year are strongly advised to take a modern language. However, where a student entering second year has a particular difficulty with languages, he/she may opt not to take either French or German, but it should be recognised that a European language is a requirement for admission to the majority of courses in the National University of Ireland (UCD, UCC, NUIG, NUIM, RCSI, Shannon).