Leaving Certificate Curriculum


Students usually begin a two years of study for the Leaving Certificate examination upon completion of Transition Year.

All students take the core subjects:

English, French, Gaeilge, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, RSE and Career Guidance.

Students may choose four subjects from the following list of eight subjects:

Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Geography, History, Music and  Physics.

Students are given a free choice each year and choose their subjects in order of priority. The subjects are grouped so that as many students as possible may study the subjects of their choice.

The L. C. subject groups for 2017-18 are as follows:

Students in 5th Year study three other subjects. Option groups are formed according to demand and with the aim of allowing the maximum number of students to study their preferred combination of subjects. The option groups for 2017-18 are:

  • Group 1 Business / Home Ec / Physics / Music
  • Group 2 Bio / Chemistry
  • Group 3 Art / Geography History

Students in 6th Year study up to four other subjects, one from each of the following groups:

  • Group 1 Geography / Chemistry
  • Group 2 Physics / Biology
  • Group 3 Art / History / Music
  • Group 4 Business / Home Ec

Currently the Leaving Certificate examination is the gateway to third level education and students are advised to take their studies seriously.

At least 3 hours study five nights a week is recommended.