Junior Cycle Curriculum

St. Mary’s offers a three year Junior Cycle to prepare students for the Junior Certificate at the end of their third year. Students then go on to complete state examinations in ten subjects. A New Junior Cycle has been introduced in recent years. Students will experience newly developed subjects and short courses and will find that their learning has a significant focus on key skills and wellbeing. The new junior cycle will place the student at the centre of the learning process. It allows for new ways of learning and
a broader range of skills to be properly assessed. These skills will largely be assessed through a new form of continuous assessment known as Classroom-Based Assessment (CBAs). We have listed below the subjects that contain CBAs and the year that they were introduced to First Year pupils.

Students have the option to enter a Transition Year programme in their fourth year. The junior cycle course on offer is comprised of compulsory and optional subjects.

The following subjects are offered to Junior Certificate Level;

Compulsory Optional
English Art, Craft & Design
Gaeilge Music
Mathematics Wood Technology
Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE) Home Economics
Geography Business Studies
History Technology
Science Technical Graphics
French or German or Spanish
Computer Studies
Religious Education
Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE)
Physical Education (PE)

The following subjects have elements of Classroom-Based Assessment (CBAs);

Subject Year Introduced to 1st Years
English 2014
Science 2016
Business Studies 2016
Irish 2017
Modern Languages (French/Spanish/German) 2017
Mathematics 2018
Home Economics 2018
History 2018
Music 2018
Geography 2018
Technology 2019
Wood Technology 2019
Technical Graphics 2019
Religious Education 2019