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Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton

   Senior Cycle Programmes & Options

             for September 2020

This booklet contains the following information

             Transition Year 2020/2021

           Leaving Certificate 2020/2022

Leaving Certificate Compulsory Subjects – an outline

  Leaving Certificate Optional Subjects – an outline

        Summary of the New Points System

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Transition Year
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Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Senior Cycle Programmes & Options for September 2020 - Coláiste Mhuire
Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Senior Cycle Programmes & Options for September 2020 - Coláiste Mhuire
Leaving Certificate
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Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Senior Cycle Programmes & Options for September 2020 - Coláiste Mhuire
Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton Senior Cycle Programmes & Options for September 2020 - Coláiste Mhuire
Leaving Certificate
Students take 7 subjects: 3 Core Subjects + 4 Option subjects

Core Subjects - Maths, English & Irish (unless exempt)
       Maths and Irish can be taken at Higher, Ordinary or Foundation Level
       English can be taken at either Higher or Ordinary Level

Option Subjects –
       The option subjects may be taken at Higher or Ordinary Level

Please note that subject option bands are not pre-determined by the school, they emerge
    following a process whereby students pick from the full list and the school aims to
       satisfy the greatest number of students. Whereas every effort will be made to
 accommodate the subject preferences submitted, please be advised that the provision of
  some subjects will be dependent on the level of student interest and the availability of
teaching resources. Due to constraints on class sizes for practical subjects, availability of
                               some subjects may be limited.

Students must choose SIX and will study FOUR option subjects from the following list:
•   Art
•   Accounting
•   Agricultural Science
•   Biology
•   Business
•   Chemistry
•   Geography
•   History
•   Physics
•   Construction Studies: (It is recommended that you would have studied Junior Cycle
•   Engineering: (It is recommended that you would have studied Junior Cycle Metalwork)
•   French
•   German
•   Home Economics (Scientific & Social): (It is recommended that you would have studied
    Junior Cycle Home Economics)
•   Design & Communication Graphics: (It is recommended that you would have studied
    Junior Cycle Technical Graphics)
•   Physical Education

Non Examination Subjects

       Religious Education
       Physical Education (non-exam)
       Career Guidance
Other key points to remember:
   A student’s points total is calculated from his/her six best subjects.
   Points are calculated from one sitting of the Leaving Certificate only. In other words you
    cannot combine two Leaving Cert sittings for the calculation of points.
   All subjects give equal points, except for Higher Level Mathematics where 25 CAO
    bonus points will be awarded for university entry to all students who achieve a grade H6
    or higher in Higher Level Maths and provided that Maths is one of that students six best
    subjects in the Leaving Cert.

           Tips to help you make wise
                 subject choices

                   Choose subjects you are good at and that you like

                      Choose subjects you are prepared to work at

                              Discuss choices with teachers

                         Discuss choices with parents/guardians

                     Find out as much as possible about the subject

    Consider possible career interests and keep your options open if you are unsure.

Remember this is YOUR decision about YOU and concerns YOUR
                          future –
                                    Research well.
Leaving Certificate
Compulsory Subjects
    – an outline
Leaving Certificate English
The Leaving Certificate English syllabus is designed to be a challenging
programme of reading, thinking and writing. The programme aims to
develop the skills acquired at Junior Cycle English. Organisation,
confidence and clarity in writing skills are developed over the two year

The Leaving Cert English Exam consists of two papers:

                          Paper 1: 200 marks - 2hours 50 minutes

Paper One focuses on an understanding of five LANGUAGE GENRES
      Language of Information
      Language of Argument
      Language of Persuasion
      Language of Narration
      Aesthetic Use of Language

Section I - Comprehending (100 marks)

This consists of three reading texts on the paper followed by an (A) and (B) question

The (A) Question - comprehension question (50 marks)

The (B) Question - a short writing assignment (50 marks)

Section II - Composing (100marks)

Students choose ONE topic and write a long composition in one of the following styles:

      Short Story / Descriptive Essay
      Discursive Essay / Talk
      Newspaper Article
      Personal Essay

                         Paper 2: 200 marks - 3 hours 20 minutes
Paper Two focuses on an understanding of English Literature

Section I- Single Text (60 marks)

Students are required to study a play or novel in a detailed manner.

Section II- Comparative Study (70 marks)

Three headings are prescribed each year and students are required to compare three texts.

Section III- Poetry (20 and 50 marks)

   a. Unseen Poem- 20 marks
   b. Studied Poetry- 50 marks                                             English Department
Gaeilge in Senior Cycle

   Irish is a core subject at Senior Cycle and can be studied at Higher, Ordinary or Foundation
   Irish at Higher Level is an essential requirement for entry to Primary School Teaching at
    Third level. (minimum H4 grade required from 2019)
   Irish at Higher or Ordinary Level fulfils the requirement for another language with English
    in the University of Limerick.
   There is a major change in Leaving Cert Irish since June 2012. The oral exam is now worth
    40% at all levels. (It was 25% up to this.) The aim of this is to improve students’
    proficiency and confidence in the spoken language and thus promote a wider use of the
    language in everyday life.
   Literature remains an integral part of the Irish curriculum at both Higher and Ordinary
    Levels. Students now study five poems and five prose stories at Ordinary and Higher
    Levels. In addition, Higher Level candidates choose from a novel, a play, an
    autobiography, a collection of short stories or an additional five Higher Level poems.
   The Listening Test is still a very important component of the exam but is now being
    examined as part the first paper and not as a separate exam anymore.

Ardleibhéal                                          Gnáthleibhéal

Oral Exam                     40%                    Oral Exam                      40%

Listening                     10%                    Listening                      10%

Essay work                    16.66%                 Essay work                     16.66%

Reading Comprehension         16.66%`                Reading Comprehension          16.66%

Literature                    16.66%                 Literature                     16.66%


Oral Exam                     40%

Listening                     20%

Writing                       15%

Reading Comprehension         25%

                                                                        Gaeilge Department
Leaving Certificate Mathematics

At Senior Cycle, the Mathematics course studied in Junior Certificate is further developed
with topics expanded and new concepts introduced. There is a much greater emphasis on
students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, with increased use of contexts and
applications that will enable students to relate mathematics to their everyday experience. The
course also focuses on developing students’ problem solving skills.

Students experience Maths in a new way, using examples and applications that are
meaningful for them. This allows students to appreciate how maths relates to everyday life
and to the world of work. Students will develop skills in analysing, interpreting and
presenting mathematical information; in logical reasoning and argument, and in applying
their mathematical knowledge and skills to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems.
Assessment reflects the different emphasis on understanding and skills in the teaching and
learning of mathematics.

Leaving Certificate Mathematics is provided at Higher and Ordinary level.

Most third level institutions insist on an O6 in Ordinary Level Mathematics as a basic entry
requirement. Some courses and employers will accept Foundation Level Mathematics.

      Students who achieve a H6 or higher in Higher Level Maths will be awarded

                                   25 CAO bonus points.

Students studying Higher Level Mathematics will be eligible for courses including:
Mathematical Sciences, Financial Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering ( H4 in
University) and Actuarial Studies.

                                                                    Mathematics Department
Leaving Certificate
Optional Subjects –
    an outline

History aims to record and analyse things which have happened in the past, with an emphasis
on both how and why events occurred. It deals with human experience and it is often studied
out of personal interest, but also develops important skills such as self-discipline and critical
thinking which are of life-long importance.

The Scope of the course

The parameters of the course have been expanded to c.1990. The time frame is divided into
12 units/topics, from which the student studies 4. The topics chosen emphasise social,
economic, cultural, religious and scientific development.

1. The Research Study
   This pre-prepared project on a specific area of History will be submitted independently
   towards the end of 6th year. Therefore, there are 4 questions on the terminal paper in
   June. The Research Study is worth 20% of the total mark.

2. The Document – Based Study
   The document based study involves a student answering questions on documents based
   on one of the chosen 4 topics. This aspect of the exam is also worth 20%. The other 3
   questions each worth 20% will be essay-type questions based on three other topics.

   So, there are 5 questions in all;

           1. Research Study – pre-submitted
           2. Document-Based question
       3/4/5. Essays relating to other topics chosen

Career Opportunities include:

Archaeology, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Garda, History Teacher, Journalism,
Librarianship, Local Government, Politics, Researcher, Social Work, Solicitor, Tourism or

                                                                            History Department

Geography is concerned with the study of people and their environment. A study of
Geography at senior cycle will help students develop an understanding of their physical and
human surroundings. The course will be based on a study of:
1. Core Units
         1) Physical environment
         2) Regional geography
         3) Geographical skills and investigation

2. A choice of two electives:
         1) Patterns and processes in economic activities
         2) Patterns and processes in the human environment

 3. Higher-level students also study one of four optional areas.
            1) Global interdependence
            2) Culture and identity
            3) The atmosphere – ocean environment
            4) Geo-ecology
Assessment will take the form of a terminal examination worth 80% and a geographical
investigation worth 20%. The questions in the written examination will require short and
multi-part answers. Longer essay type answers will only be required at the optional level. The
geographical investigation will be assessed outside of the written examination.

Geography is a popular choice in senior cycle. The uptake for Geography in Coláiste Mhuire
is above the national average. The Geography Department at Coláiste Mhuire achieves
honours grades above the national average at Higher Level.

Career Opportunities Include:

Civil Engineering, Construction, Town Planning, Architecture, Meteorology, Surveying,
Agriculture, Auctioneering, Archaeology, Horticulture, Forestry, Conservation Work,
Statistics, Marine Officer, Geologist, Geography Teacher, Naval Officer, Quantity Surveyor,
Tourism and Travel.
                                                                   Geography Department

A good History or Geography Student shows:

   An interest in the world as it is now and how it came to be so.
   A thirst for knowledge to explain and explore the current situation.
   An ability to express themselves accurately and to support their arguments with relevant
   An appreciation of historical sources and a geographers understanding of causes.
   An interest in reading and watching relevant programmes on TV and video.

                                                           History & Geography Department

To study French at Senior Cycle a student must have already studied this subject at Junior
Certificate level. The course is divided into 4 sections – 3 sections are familiar from the
Junior Certificate course.

                                     Higher Level                   Ordinary Level

       1. Oral                       25%                            20%

       2. Aural                      20%                            25%

       3. Reading                    30%                            40%

       4. Written                    25%                            15%

A high standard in Junior Certificate French is required if aiming for Higher Level in Leaving
Certificate French. Choosing French to Leaving Certificate level opens many doors and is
useful for careers in Commerce, Tourism, Law and Travel. A foreign language is a minimum
entry requirement for degree courses in the N.U.I. Colleges, with the exception of Science and
Engineering degrees.

                                                                          French Department

                                      Higher Level                  Ordinary Level

       1. Oral                        25%                           20%

       2. Aural                       20%                           25%

       3. Written                     55%                           55%

To study German at Senior Cycle a student must have already studied this subject at Junior
Certificate level. Those hoping to take Higher Level at Leaving Certificate preferably need to
have achieved a “C” grade at Junior Certificate Higher Level.

                                                                          German Department

                  Languages and College Entry Requirements
A pass in a modern European Language (e.g. French, German) is necessary for
entry into:

   Courses in UCD, NUI Galway and UCC and NUI Maynooth (except for entry to Colleges
    / Faculties of Engineering, Science, Nursing and Education. Please see college literature /
    websites for details)
   The Royal College of Surgeons
   National College of Art and Design (if a student does not have Art).
   Shannon College of Hotel Management
   Burren College of Art
   St. Angela’s College for Home Economics teaching (except Nursing courses)
   Cadetship in the Defence Forces.

Career Opportunities Include:

Flight Attendant, Air Traffic Controller, Archivist, Au Pair, Secretary, Chef, Courier, Hotel
Reception, International Marketing, Export Careers, Interpreter, Translator, Pilot, Travel
Agency, Journalist, Waiter/Waitress, Importer, Librarian, Dept of Foreign Affairs and
Science subjects

A minimum of one Science Subject is required for entry into all Science, Medical,
Paramedical, Nursing and Engineering University Degree courses. A practical subject such
as Engineering, Design & Communications Graphics or Construction Studies may be taken
instead of a Science subject for some Engineering degree courses. Check the college
prospectus for details.

TWO Science Subjects are required for:

   Some Science based courses at Trinity College, e.g. Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Medicine,
    Dental Science, Human Health & Disease, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemical
    Sciences, Geography & Geoscience and Physical Sciences. In some cases they require
    students to take the subject at higher level. Some will accept Maths, Applied Maths and
   Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy in UCC. A minimum of a H4 in Chemistry is required
    for Medicine and Dentistry while a H5 in Chemistry with a H4 in either Physics or
    Biology is the requirement to study pharmacy in UCC.
   It is strongly recommended that students who wish to pursue a Science based career
    e.g.Nursing, would consider taking two Sciences as this will be a huge benefit to them
    when they enter Third Level.

Chemistry is a central science and very important in life today. It also ties together Biology,
Physics and other sciences. Chemistry is a great asset to any student, especially to those
interested in the study of Nursing, Food Science, Environmental Science, Sports Science,
Pharmacy, Equine Science and other Science related courses at third level. All these
courses listed above have a Chemistry component.

Higher level Chemistry is essential for those wishing to pursue careers
in Dietetics/Nutrition TU Dublin, Medicine UCC, Veterinary UCD,
Pharmacy in Trinity & UCC, and Dentistry UCC. Although Chemistry
is not specifically required for entry into Medicine in UCD, students
with Chemistry can complete the course in five years instead of six.

The Leaving Cert Chemistry course follows directly from Junior Cert Science. It deals with
more topics, and in much greater depth. The course includes 28 mandatory experiments and
also the theory and applications of Chemistry. If you enjoyed Junior Cert Science or
Transition year chemistry and you are planning to pursue a career in any of the areas
mentioned above, I highly recommend taking up Chemistry.

Requirements: Ideally, students would have Junior Certificate Science.
A positive attitude to Mathematics in Chemistry classes is important. Although Higher Level
Leaving Certificate Mathematics is not required for Chemistry, students would have to do
well at ordinary level Junior Certificate Mathematics.

Career Opportunities Include:
Veterinary, Medicine, Dental Hygienist, Dentistry, Dietetics, Dental nursing, Pharmacy &
Pharmacy Technician, Chemical Engineer, Environmental Science and Food Science.

Chemistry Department

Physics is the branch of Science that explains how the world around us works by studying
Force, Matter and Energy. Physics is an integral part of the everyday world. It is through
linking the study of Physics to the everyday world e.g. Leisure, Arts, Transport, Medicine
that it becomes a meaningful part of a general education for both boys and girls.

The syllabus is divided into three parts consisting of Pure Science, which accounts for 70% of
the course, Applications of Science 22.5% and Science for Citizens 7.5%

Why study Physics:

Physics teaches students to think logically and enables them to express their thoughts in a
concise manner. Physics is a useful subject for many courses and careers and a good
foundation for a broad range of scientific and technical careers. Many careers benefit from
the logical and numeric skills developed by the study of Physics.

Requirements: Ideally, students would have Higher Level Junior Certificate Science.
A positive attitude to Mathematics in Physics classes is important, as Mathematics is the
other language of Physics.

Career Opportunities Include:

Architecture, Astronomy, Biophysicist, Computer Careers, Dentist, Development Aid
Researcher, Doctor, Econophysicist, Engineer especially Electrical and Electronic, Forensic
Physicist, Games Developer, Physics Lecturer, Marine Radio Operator, Medical Laboratory
Technician, Meteorologist, Naval Officer, Nurse, Optician, Pharmacist, Physics Teacher,
Radiographer, Telecommunications, various Apprenticeships, Pilot, Heating and Ventilation

                                                                         Physics Department

            Students of Leaving Certificate Biology find that the subject is not as easy as
            they were led to believe! The current Biology course, which was examined for
            the first time in June 2004, is certainly very different from the last. While good
            English was always a skill for Biology, it has become less dependent on long
            essay-type questions and more dependent on analytical skills.

Practical work is now a central part of the course, with laboratory notebooks to be ready for
inspection at any time. On the final exam there are at least three questions on experiments out
of eight. This requires comprehension of what is going on, and more importantly, why.
Students taking Biology at Leaving Certificate should therefore have Higher Level Science
and have good recall and reading skills. It is a subject, which both boys and girls find

Topics include plant and animal cell biology, enzymes, photosynthesis, anatomy, study of
some common diseases, genetics and reproduction.

Students will have access to and use a wide range of laboratory equipment, computer and
internet resources.

A minimum of a H4 in Higher Level Biology is essential if you want to study Genetics in
UCC or Human Health & Disease at Trinity College. (Please see the previous section on
two science subjects for more information.)

Career Opportunities Include:

Agriculture, Animal Breeder, Animal Nursing, Ambulance Driver, Biochemist, Biologist,
Catering, Chiropody, Conservation Work, Dentist, Dietician, Farmer, Food Science, Doctor,
Health Inspector, Horticulturist, Laboratory Technician, Marine Biologist, Microbiologist,
Nursing, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Science Teacher, Speech Therapist,
Veterinary Surgeon, Zoologist.

                                                                           Biology Department
Agricultural Science

There is a new syllabus introduced from September 2019.

The themes of the New Junior Certificate are continued into Senior Cycle for this subject.
Broadly, the topics being studied seem to be
similar to the old course.

1.     Soil Science

2.     Scientific Practices

3.     Plant Science

4.     Crops and grassland

5.     Animal Science and Production

6.     Agriculture and the Environment

As previously, an agricultural background is highly desirable to undertake LC Agricultural
Science. Students without one, can get lost. However, if you are interested, and willing to
undertake visiting an adopted farm regularly, you can do well.

From the information we have received thus far about the new course, the assessment is
broken down as follows:

75% Final examination

25% Coursework – Individual investigative study (including a portfolio of specificied lab

In addition to the specified practical activities, each student must complete an individual
investigative study during the course, through which a topic of agricultural significance is
investigated in greater depth. This study, incorporating any appropriate research, will be
based on a thematic brief, which is set by the State Examinations Commission at the
commencement of the course for each examination cohort.

As part of their investigation, students gather and process data, evaluate evidence, and
develop arguments. They read about current research and developments in science and relate
their learning to the applications and implications of science for society and the environment.
Students prepare and present a scientific communication describing the research question,
methodology, results and conclusions.

Typically , careers/courses in Agricultural Science are : Farming ,Veterinary Medicine,
Veterinary Nursing, Groom, Agronomics (crops), Genetics, Horticulture, A.I, Farm
Machinery and mechanisation , Landscape gardening and turf laying (pitches and golf
courses) farm advisory or farm laboratory testing. Agricultural Science is an accepted
Science subject for most CAO applications.

                                                             Ag. Science Department

Leaving Cert Business involves a deeper knowledge of the Theoretical Concepts from the
Junior Cert course and their application to real situations in the Business world. These concepts
have to be “learned off by heart” once they are explained in class.

It is not necessary to have taken Business Studies at Junior Certificate level in order to choose
Business as an option for Leaving Certificate; however, students who have studied the subject
at Junior Certificate level have an advantage.

Career Opportunities Include:

Industry, Business, Accounting, Banking, Book-keeping, Clerical work, Business Teacher,
Administration, Hotel Management, Insurance, Receptionist, Store Management, Stock
broking, Sales, Marketing, Merchandising, Purchasing Officer, Customs & Excise, Taxation
and Law.


A good foundation knowledge of book-keeping is essential – you need to really like the
Accounts section of Junior Cert Business Studies. Students must be prepared to work
diligently and practise the Accounts from the start. Accounting is a very practical subject,
therefore students learn by doing questions more so than learning off material.

Career Opportunities Include:

Advertising, Accountancy, Auctioneering, Auditing, Banking, Book-keeping, Clerical Work,
Company Secretary, Computer Systems, Business Teacher, Administration, Management,
Receptionist, Insurance, Market Research, Purchasing Officer, Quantity Surveyor, Sales,
Taxation Consultant, Marketing, Business Law.

                                                                          Business Department
Construction Studies

Construction Studies primarily relates to domestic building. Broader aspects also covered
introduce students to the knowledge and skills in construction technology, materials and
practices. The course covers the historic development of buildings in addition to other
relevant topics such as housing purchase and mortgages. A project to design and
manufacture an object is also required to be submitted as part of an assessment for the
Leaving Certificate.

                                       Higher Level                   Ordinary Level
                                       Total Marks 600                Total Marks 500

      Theory                           300                            200

      Practical                        150                            150

      Project                          150                            150

It would be a big advantage to have studied Materials Technology (Wood) and Technical
Graphics for Junior Certificate if choosing Construction Studies for Leaving Certificate
because both of these elements figure in this subject. It is possible to take the subject without
having studied these subjects for Junior Certificate but it would entail a lot of extra study.

Career Opportunities Include:

Architecture, Architectural Technologist, Auctioneering, Building & Construction Career,
Construction Teacher, Carpenter, Civil and Structural Engineer and Technician,
Draughtsperson, Electrician, Fire-fighter, General & Finishing Foreman, Heating and
Ventilation Technician, Housing Management Plasterer, Quantity Surveyor, Town Planning
and Site Engineer,

                                                              Construction Studies Department

This Leaving Certificate subject follows on from Junior Certificate Metalwork and involves
the study of a wide range of Mechanical Engineering Processes, Materials and Technological
applications along with the development of practical skills, resourcefulness and creativity. As
Engineering is essentially a continuation of Junior Certificate Metalwork prior knowledge of
metalwork is highly recommended for students taking this option. The course is more
theoretically based than the Junior Certificate Metalwork and consists of 3 main areas.

      Project         -       Ordinary Level 30%
                              Higher Level 25%

Students attempt to solve a design problem issued by the Department of Education & Skills
in early November of 6th year. The final model and design folder is completed by end of
February of 6th year and is stored safely for inspection.

      Practical       -       Ordinary Level 30%
                      -       Higher Level 25%

6 hour practical examination in early May: Students are required to mark out, manufacture
and assemble various components, which tests the skills that they have practiced over the
previous year. The finished piece is stored safely for inspection.

      Theory          -       Ordinary Level 40%            2 ½ hour examination in June
                      -       Higher Level 50%              3 hour examination in June

Career Opportunities Include:

Aeronautical Engineer, Agricultural Engineering, Aircraft Technician, Army/Air Corps
Apprenticeships, Design Engineer, Engineering Teacher, Engineering Technician,
Fitter/Turner, Industrial Design, Industrial Operatives, Mechanics, Mechanical Production,
Mechanical Engineer, Motor Mechanic, Structural and Civil Engineer and Technician,

                                                                     Engineering Department
Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)

                          Design & Communication Graphics is a course that follows from
                          Junior Certificate Technical Graphics. A state of the art Graphics
                          room has been developed in the school with computers and an
                          interactive white board.
                          The objectives of DCG are to develop the student’s knowledge,
                          understanding, skills and competencies in Design & Communication
                          Graphics while fostering positive attitudes to the use of graphics in
                          problem solving and spatial abilities. DCG is a recommended subject
to study if one is considering a career in either Engineering or Construction and it blends
seamlessly with each of these subjects at Leaving Cert level.

D.C.G. is a two year course and aims to provide continuity with and progression from the
Junior Cert. Technical Graphics programme.

Part One:
This contains topics requiring conceptual knowledge of a purely theoretical form and
providing a student with practice in spatial perception where drawings are used in analysing
and solving two and three-dimensional problems by rigorous application of geometric

Part Two:
This part of the course entails a computer project which is completed using Solid Works.

Exam Portfolio – 40%          To be completed approximately 10 weeks after the issue of a
                              brief from the Department of Education and Skills.
                              (October to January of 6th year.)
Terminal Exam – 60%           3 hour paper in June

How do you benefit from studying Design & Communications Graphics?
The course is an educational experience in the broadest sense as it provides the student with a
body of knowledge and develops their intellectual and creative abilities in topics which are
appropriate and meaningful in technological world.

Requirements: Ideally students would study Technical Graphics to Junior Certificate.

Career Opportunities Include:

All Engineering careers, Architecture, Army and Air Corps Apprenticeships, CAD,
Cartographer, Construction Studies/Trades, Engineering Trades, Fitter, Industrial Designer,
Motor Mechanic, Structural Design, Draughtsperson, Graphic Design and Teaching of
Technical Drawing and Woodwork and Metalwork Teaching.

                                                                             DCG Department

The syllabus

The Art syllabus is comprised of three areas of study all of which are compulsory.
           1) History and Appreciation                       - 150 marks or 37.5%
           2) Coursework                                     - 200 marks or 50.0%
           3) Life Drawing                                   - 50 marks or 12.5%
The syllabus content and structure are the same for both higher and ordinary levels.

Art History and Appreciation
The current guidelines for the Art programme are as follows:
There are three areas of study on this part of the syllabus.
a) Irish History: The study of Art and Architecture from Neolithic era to the present time.
b) European History: The study of Art and Architecture from the 11th century to the
    present day.
c) General Appreciation: The study of the role and Art in our lives as well as an
    examination of the work of some individual artists.
Please note:
New specifications are currently being rolled out nationally for use in September 2020
so the current Art History programme will be subject to change.

The coursework is conducted in class over 12 weeks, starting on the first day of Term 2.

Life Drawing
The study of Life Drawing for the Leaving Certificate is similar to that for the Junior
Certificate. Students use a variety of media to study different poses – standing and seated.

Art History and Appreciation. Students must write one annotated and illustrated assignment
each week as part of their study of this part of the course. Students are provided with a
workbook designed by their teachers. Students must also do regular research in preparation
for the project.

Assessment – Internal
Students sit normal November and Summer exams and regular tests in class. Practical work
is also marked as part of Assessments.

Assessment – State Examinations
Each of the three sections of the Art syllabus is examined separately.

   The coursework must be completed in 12 weeks.
   The Life Drawing Exam takes place during a two week window (end of April –
    beginning of May).
   The History and Appreciation of Art is examined by way of a 2.5 hour written exam.
    Students must write three illustrated and annotated essay style questions – one on each
    section of the course.

                                                                               Art Department
Home Economics
Home Economics is a life skill subject that gives each student the opportunity to develop the
knowledge as well as the personal and social skills that they will need in their present and
future lives. The Home Economics programme consists of a core area + 3 elective areas.

  Core – 80%                                             Elective – 20%
  Food Studies                                           Home Design & Management
  Resource Management & Consumer Studies                 or
  Social Studies                                         Textiles, Fashion & Design
                                                         Social Studies
Core – 80%

Food Studies – 45%
          a) Food Science & Nutrition
          b) Diet and Health
          c) Preparation and processing of food
Resource Management and Consumer Studies – 25%
          a) Family Resource Management
          b) Consumer Studies
          c) Environmental Issues
Social Studies – 10%
          a) The Family in Society

Electives – 20%

Home Design and Management:
               Housing, House building and design, designing the house interior, the energy
               efficient home, systems and services,
Textiles, Fashion and Design:
               Contemporary clothing and fashion, textile science, design evaluation and
               garment construction, the clothing and textile industries
Social Studies:
               Social change and the family, education, work, leisure, unemployment and
   1. Terminal Written Examination           Section A: Short answer questions
                                             Section B: Long answer questions
                                             Section C: Elective question
   2. Practical Journal                      4 practical assignments to be completed
                                             worth 20%

A foreign language is a requirement for entry into the B. Ed. Degree in Home Economics at
St. Angela’s College Sligo. St. Angela’s College is a member of the NUI Universities.

Career Opportunities Include: Baking and Confectionery, Beautician, Catering, Chef, Child
Care, Consumer Adviser, Demonstrator – Food, Wines, etc., Dietician, Fashion Designer, Food
Science, Hairdressing, Health Inspector, Home Economics Teacher, Hotel Management,
Nursing, Occupational Therapist, Parenthood, Pre-school Management, Social Worker, Textile
Designer, Solicitor & Sales.
                                                            Home Economics Department
Physical Education

In Leaving Certificate Physical Education, learners have an opportunity to study physical
education for certification. The specification is designed to appeal to learners who have an
interest in and a commitment to participation and performance in physical activity. The aim of
Leaving Certificate Physical Education is to develop the learner’s capacity to become an
informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective performer in physical education and physical
activity in senior cycle and in their future life. The emphasis is on providing learners with
integrated learning experiences where there is a balance between developing personal
performance in selected physical activities and deepening their understanding of the theoretical
perspectives that impact on performance and participation in physical activity. These
perspectives include learning in the humanities/social sciences and life sciences.

The specification is presented in two strands. In strand 1, students learn about different
theoretical perspectives that impact on optimum performance and how to apply this
understanding to a range of different activities. In strand 2, students learn about contemporary
issues in physical activity and how different people experience physical activity and sport.


 ASSESSMENT                      COMPONENT                       WEIGHTING LEVEL

 Physical activity project       20%                             Higher and Ordinary

 Performance assessment          30%                             Common level

 Written examination             50%                             Higher and Ordinary

Physical activity project – Learners are required to complete a physical activity project.
Learners may choose to complete the physical activity project in one of following roles: 1.
performer 2. Coach / Choreographer. The project will be conducted over an eight- to ten-week
period. The physical activity project is completed in a digital format. The four sections are: 1.
Performance analysis 2. Identification of four performance goals 3. Evidence of ongoing
training/practice and reflection 4. Concluding analysis.

Performance Assessment - Learners are required to demonstrate knowledge and
understanding of the principles of play/ performance, an understanding of the rules and
conventions of the activity and adherence to safe practice before, during and after the
performance. Learners are assessed in a variety of contexts including personal performance,
fully competitive and/or conditioned practices.
Written examination - It will examine the following: 1. Knowledge and understanding of the
theoretical factors which affect participation and performance in physical activity and the
relationships between them, 2. Learners’ concept and process knowledge in relation to the
assessment criteria, 3. Learners’ engagement with a case study designed to require learners to
apply their learning in a particular physical activity scenario, 4. Clarity and coherence in
management of ideas and answers.

Career Opportunities

Physical Education teacher, fitness instructor, recreation worker, physical therapist, sports
medicine, physiotherapy, human kinetics, sports nutritionist, sports psychologist, sports coach,
sports scientist, Outdoor Education Leader.

For further information on the PE specification including the curriculum and examination
information please see:
Summary of New
 Points System
Summary of the New Points System
The new Points System has come into operation for students who entered Fifth Year in
September 2015 and who sat their Leaving Certificate in 2017. This new system was
introduced to reduce the probability of students achieving the same points score so that the
allocation of places at Higher education by random selection is minimized as much as
possible. A key change with the new system is the awarding of points for a H7 grade at
higher level in a subject.

As was the case with the old system students must satisfy both sets of ‘Entry Requirements’
for the course for which they wish to apply. Students must satisfy the minimum entry
requirements. An example of a minimum entry requirement is that you must have a
minimum of 2H5 + 4O6/ H7 grades for University entry or entry to an Honours Degree
programme (Level 8) at an Institute of Technology. Level 6 & level 7 programmes of two or
three year’s duration respectively (only available in Institutes of Technology or
Technological Universities) have an entry requirement of 5O6/H7 grades.

Other minimum entry requirements relate to foreign languages which is a requirement for
entry to some colleges (discussed in section on foreign languages). Where a foreign language
is not an entry requirement, Irish at Higher or Ordinary Level will be accepted instead.

Students must also satisfy the specific subject requirements. Some examples would be the
requirement for a H4 in Maths for the study of Engineering in any university or the H4 Irish
requirement for Primary teaching. Another example of a specific subject requirement is that
students must have one science subject at Leaving Certificate level to be eligible to study
nursing at Third level. Students are encouraged to research using websites and gather as
much information as they can to ensure they make informed choices regarding subjects and
future careers.

 New Leaving           Marks                  New Points            New Points
                                              Higher Level          Ordinary Level
 Grading System

 H1/01                 90 - 100               100                   56

 H2/02                 80

Students are advised to visit the Qualifax website at to ensure that they are
in a position to make an informed decision.

      On entering the website click on “students.”
      On the right hand side of the page click on “subject choice.”
      Then click on “Minimum Subjects Module”.
      Leaving Certificate Subjects.

By following the instructions on this page, students can find out which Leaving Certificate
subjects are necessary for particular courses at Third level.

Students also have the option of searching a particular college or county for course
requirements. Students should access this valuable source of information when making
decisions regarding subject options.

Parents are also invited to use the Qualifax website. There is a lot of invaluable information
available to parents under “Parents and Family.”

      This information may be accessed on the home page by clicking on “parents and
      On the left side of the screen click on “support and advice.”
      Scroll down to “Parents role in career selection” and press enter.

This section “Parents and Family” offers useful guidelines on subject selection as well as
general information on different aspects of third level education including eligibility for
grants (grants calculator).


The Careers Portal website is also very useful for subject choice providing information on
national results in various subjects. This website can be accessed at
Anyone looking for information on Leaving Cert subjects should click the school link and
instructions are given from there.
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