Our Academic Programmes

We have presented below a brief overview of our academic programmes. All the subjects listed in both the junior and senior cycles are available at both Pass and Honours Level. Use the clickable image or menu below to navigate around our academic programmes.

As well as Junior and Leaving Cert programmes, we offer an exciting Transition Year programme. More information is available on this in our Transition Year section.
We understand that some students can find it difficult to study effectively at home so supervised study is available in the evenings.

Sometimes parents and students are not aware of the choices available to them in the senior cycle (the final two years in secondary school). Students can opt to take the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP) as an add-on to their existing Leaving Cert. The LCVP programme enhances the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate and places emphasis on student’s innovation and enterprise.

The Leaving Cert Applied programme is available as an alternative to the traditional Leaving Certificate. It is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.

More information on these programmes is available from the Department Of Education’s Second Level Support Service.

  • LCVP information from SLSS
  • LCA information from SLSS

Curriculum, Syllabus & Teaching Guides for all the subjects mentioned below are available from the Department Of Education website.

Junior Certificate

Core subjects must be taken by all students. In order to help students choose from the optional subjects, our first-years take each one of the optional subjects for a few weeks in rotation before choosing two from the pool below. This brings the total number of examination subjects at Junior Certificate level up to ten.

Core Examination Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Irish
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • French or German
  • CSPE (Civic, Social & Political Education) [ Dept. CPSE Website ]
  • Optional Examination Subjects (Students Choose 2 In First Year)
    • Home Economics
    • Material Technology – Wood
    • Material Technology – Metal
    • Art
    • Music
    • Business Studies
    • Technical Graphics
    • Core Non-Examination Subjects
    • Physical Education
    • Information Technology
    • SPHE (Social Personal Health Education) [ Dept. SPHE Website ]
    • Religon

Transition Year

This is a one-year programme taken between Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. It involves studying a wide range of academic subjects and the pursuit of extra-curricular activites. In our school, it also includes the production of a musical, running a business, foreign trips and Gaisce Awards.

This year helps to develop the skills that students require for the vocational and practical demands of life and is possibly their first real experience of the wider world. Students grow and mature in outlook and behaviour in this year. Full details about our TY programme is available in our Transition Year section.

Transition year information from SLSS

Traditional Leaving Certificate

We offer a wide range of subjects on this two-year programme. Students take seven subjects; the three core subjects and four from the pool of optional subjects. All subjects are available at both honours and pass level.

Core Examination Subjects

  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics

Optional Examination Subjects (Students Choose 4)

  • French
  • Geography
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Construction Studies
  • Technical Drawing
  • Music
  • German
  • History
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Home Economics
  • Engineering
  • Art

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

This is a module which can be added to the traditional Leaving Certificate. The extra module involves work experience and Information Technology (IT). More information on this programme is available:

LCVP information from SLSS

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

This is a two-year programme for Leaving Certificate and includes a lot of practical work, tasks and work experience. There is continious assessment, which means that work completed over the two years is counted as part of the final result. Attendance is very important. You can find out more about the LCA programme at:

LCA information from SLSS