Junior Cycle/Certificate

3 Years
Junior Cycle

The Curriculum provides a comprehensive range of options for our students. All first year students will study the new specifications for the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA).

The first year compulsory subjects are English, Irish, Maths, Science, Business Studies, History/Geography, Computers, CSPE, SPHE, PE, Religious Education. We provide a taster programme for the first six weeks which enables students to discover special aptitudes and abilities they may have been unaware of before coming to us and to assist them in choosing their remaining subjects for Junior Certificate.

Our Wellbeing programme aims to foster happy, confident, responsible and resilient students who feel connected to Colaiste Mhuire. The Wellbeing Units of Learning are offered in 1st year as rotating modules. and include DIY, Communication, Healthy Eating, Drama, Friends First Resilience and a Guidance module.

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

The new JCPA affords a significant continuity of experience for each student as they make the transition from primary to post-primary school. The broad range of student learning experiences, from oral presenta-tions to project work will be reflected in classwork, prescribed homework and assessment reporting. The JCPA provides greater choice of learning experiences in the curriculum and facilitates the development of 8 Key Skills and 24 Statements of Learning.

Key skills are embedded in the learning outcomes of every junior cycle subject and short course. Key skills help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world. They also support students in learning how to learn and take responsibility for their own learning. The new JCPA facilitates a richer quality of reporting over the three years, where Classroom-Based Assessments and other areas of learning will be reported in 2nd and 3rd year.

Subjects on offer at Junior Cycle

The Curriculum provides a comprehensive range of options for our students. All first year students will study the new specifications for the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA). The first year compulsory subjects include the following:

Core Subjects
  • English
  • Irish
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • History/Geography
  • Computers
  • Welbeing: Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE)
  • Welbeing: Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE)
  • Welbeing: Physical Education
  • Religious Education
Elective Subjects
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Home Economics
  • Technical Graphics
  • Metalwork Technology
  • Woodwork Technology
  • Art
  • Music

We provide a taster programme for the first six weeks which enables students to discover special aptitudes and abilities they may have been unaware of before coming to us and to assist them in choosing their remaining subjects for Junior Certificate.

There is lots of information that can be found about new subject areas and what is expected on the following websites:
www.jct.ie
www.curriculumonline.ie