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Curriculum

(a) Junior Cycle

The Range of subjects is as follows:

Religious Studies; Gaeilge; English; French; Spanish; Mathematics; Business Studies; Science; History; Geography; Art; Music; Computer Studies; Physical Education. Students are encouraged to take Higher Level in all subjects where possible. Due to parallel teaching, all students are offered the opportunity of attempting Higher Level in the core subjects i.e. Gaeilge, English and Mathematics. All optional subjects e.g. French and Art are offered to all classes.

(b) Transition Year Programme

Transition Year is a one- year, school based programme between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle, It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependent learning of the Junior cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for Senior Cycle.

Aims of Transition Year Programme

The Transition Year offers students an opportunity:

  • To engage in independent, self-directed learning
  • To develop general, technical and academic skills
  • To mature and develop without the pressure of the examination

Areas of Study

Irish, English, Maths, History, Music, French, Spanish, Guidance Counselling, Science and Technologies, Computers, Business and Enterprise Education, Religion, Urban Studies, Sport (Football, Tennis, Boxing, Kickboxing), Film Studies and Media Studies.

Teachers have the chance to design programmes and courses tailored to the needs and interests of the students.

Ten-Week modules are offered in Cookery, Food Science and Boxing

Students get the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas and can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate programme they want to follow after transition year.

Work Experience

This is an opportunity to provide students with “hands on” experience of real working conditions in a local place of work. Employers take our students into the workplace each Friday.

Evaluation of Work Experience

The efficiency of our Work Experience will be evaluated with surveys/ feedback from employers.

Assessment and Certification

There is no end-of-year state examination in Transition Year- a decision made by the Department of Education and Science to ensure that the focus of the year was learning led rather than exam driven. The activity-based learning ethos of the year requires each school to engage in school-based assessment, which helps students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as develop the skills of self- assessment and reflection. Assessment is ongoing, with portfolio assessment and project work. Oral, aural, practical and written activities all form part of this assessment process. Since 2000, the Department of Education and Science has issued an official Transition Year Certificate to participants in addition to the schools providing their own school- based certification.

(c) Senior Cycle

  • The Core Subjects
  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • The Business Group
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • The Sciences
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • The Humanities
  • History
  • Geography
  • Artistic Group
  • Art
  • Music
  • The Language Group
  • French
  • Spanish

 

TY Documents 2014-2015

SEPTEMBER 2014

TY Letter to  Parents

TY Parental Consent Form

TY Insurance Letter

TY Work Experience Sample Letter

TY Timetable