Leaving Certificate

This is the most widely taken programme in which students must take at least five subjects, including Irish (with the exception of those with a previous exemption). Those intending to pursue higher education at a third-level institute normally take this examination and access to third-level courses depends on results obtained.

The Leaving Certificate subjects offered are:

  1. Core Subjects – these subjects are taken by all students
    • English
    • Irish
    • Mathematics
  2. Option Subjects – each student takes four option subjects
    • Accounting
    • Engineering
    • Art
    • French
    • Biology
    • Geography
    • Business
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Home Economics
    • Construction Studies
    • Music
    • Design and Communication Graphics
    • Physics
    • Economics
    • Spanish
  3. Other Subjects – each student also takes the following subjects 
    • Career Guidance
    • Computer Studies
    • Physical Education
    • Religion

Those students proceeding to Leaving Certificate are required to indicate their subject preferences on a form which is then returned to the school.

Please note:

  • Higher and Ordinary levels will be provided in all subjects.
  • All subjects selected must normally have been taken at Junior Certificate level. Exceptions may be made to this ruling with the approval of the school authorities.
  • Students aspiring to take Higher level in any subject should normally be expected to achieve at least a Grade C at Higher level in the Junior Certificate Examinations in that subject.

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