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Senior Cycle Options

For Senior Cycle there are a number of Options Open to Students

Please find the information below outlining the various options they can take.

Students can choose to apply for

  1. Transition Year (3rd year students only)
  1. Leaving Cert Applied
  2. Leaving Certificate - 5th Year Subject Options

We have prepared presentations here for you with interactive elements to help you discuss and decide which option is right for you. Please watch the video below before reading the Powerpoints and completing the application forms at the bottom of the page

1. Transition Year

Our TY programme

  • One Year School Based Programme between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle​
  • Acts as a bridge between the dependent learning at JC and the goal of a more independent self-directed and motivated Senior Cycle student.​
  • Optional – All students are eligible but what a student gains from TY largely depends on what they put in – you reap what you sow!​
  • Gives chance for development of skills in key areas​
    1. Personal Development – Maturity and Responsibility.​
    2. Academic and Technical Skills – Focus on interdisciplinary skills and self-directed learning.​
    3. Life and Social Skills – Finding a role among peers, in school and in society.

TY INFORMATION PPT

2. Leaving Cert Applied

The Leaving Cert applied is a two year programme in place of the traditional Leaving Certificate. It is aimed at preparing students for adult and working life with an emphasis on practical approaches to teaching and continuous assessment. It is suitable for students who benefit from a practical/hands on approach to learning and who feel the traditional Leaving Certificate does not cater.

Please click here to access more information about all aspects of the programme.

LCA INFORMATION PPT

3. 5th Year Established Leaving Certificate Subject Options

Please use the Presentation below to inform yourself on all of the subject choice options available and to discover what subjects might be important to you, for your future career or college opportunities.

To Summarise:

  • Students will study 7 subjects for leaving certificate
  • English, Irish and Maths are core subjects, every student will study these.
  • You will then choose your top 6 subject's from the 4 modern languages and 22 options of science, creative, practical and social subject groupings
  • We will endeavour to give you, your top 4 subject choices, but we ask you to choose 6 as it will depend on timetabling and availability.
  • Most students will choose a modern foreign language and 5 additional subjects to then study 4 of these 6
  • Some students will not choose a modern foreign language and then will pick 6 options to study 4 of these 6
  • Please see slide outlining the implications of not choosing a foreign language so you are aware of the limitations involved.

We will run through all of this information in your next assembly. It is very important that you take some time to research the subjects you intend to choose using careers portal. Feel free to email or visit Ms C Joyce or Mr Flynn for some advice or talk to any of our subject teachers who will be happy to advise you on what their subject is like at leaving certificate level.

5TH YEAR SUBJECT CHOICE INFORMATION

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Now that you have all the information please click on one of the below links

  1. I want to apply for Transition Year TRANSITION YEAR APPLICATION FORM in addition log into VSWARE under parents login and select Options - Select TY and the language you are currently studying - if not studying a language leave language blank

  1. I want to apply for Leaving Cert Applied LCA EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

  1. I want to complete my 5th year subject options for Leaving Cert - Log into VSWARE under parents Login and go to Options - Follow Instructions and complete options selecting 6 subjects in order of preference - 1-4 will be your main preferences with numbers 5 and 6 backup should you not be able to get one of your top four
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