Music is offered at Junior Certificate level as an optional subject and will also be an option at Leaving Certificate level. The key concepts covered are;

  • Performing
  • Listening
  • Composing


Performance classes are held at junior cycle level each week, where students have the opportunity learn to play the recorder.  This instrument can be used for the practical examination which contributes to 25% of the overall Junior Certificate grade, this will be increased to 30% in the new Junior Cycle course, commencing in September 2018. Students also have the opportunity to bring any instruments they study outside of school to performance classes and school events. This ensures that the subject is accessible for all students, regardless of their experience.

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Students are immersed in a wide variety of genres, including classical, jazz, traditional Irish and popular. Students will learn to identify features associated with each genre when listening to music, as well as dictation skills in rhythm and melody.

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Students will begin in September of first year by learning how to read music and understand basic beats and rhythms. By third year, students will progress to composing their own melodies. They will also study harmony, learning how to use triads and backing chords to accompany melody.

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 Junior Cycle Wood Technology 

Wood Technology is a subject that will allow students to explore and learn about a key natural resource that nature has provided. Trees and wooden material have a unique relationship with nature and humankind. The sustainable use and management of this natural resource is important as the world faces the challenges of the 21st century. From habitats to construction or recreation to oxygen creation this resource can play a significant role in wellbeing of our planet. To this end it is important that students be given the opportunity to become knowledgeable about this resource, exploring its heritage and potential as a material for the future.

In Wood Technology, students will explore the natural and made world through the medium of design, seeking out opportunities to creatively and innovatively apply the material/resource in making and shaping their environment. Wood as a material resource has seen much innovation and change. Technological advances have created significant opportunities to expand the use of wood as a resource for a broad range of applications. However, the uniqueness of this material and craft is that many of the traditional applications and processes are still of value, transcending the test of time.

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Senior Cycle Construction Studies

Construction Studies introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with construction technology and construction materials and practices. This is achieved through theoretical study and integrated practical projects which provide a basis for the thorough exploration of materials and processes. Construction Studies is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a terminal examination paper (50%), a practical test (25%) and a student project (25%). Construction Studies is an excellent subject that is directly applicable to everyday living. However, if you decide to study Construction Studies, be prepared to work hard and meet deadlines just like you would on any construction project.

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Subject Content

 Construction Theory and Drawing

  •  General principles
    •    Substructure
    •    Superstructure
    •    Internal construction
    •    Services and external works
    •    Heat and thermal effects in buildings
    •    Illumination in buildings
    •    Sound in buildings

 Practical Skills

  •  Tools
    •    Processes

 Course Work and Projects

•    Workshop/laboratory experiments
•    Student projects

Future Career

Civil Engineer


Construction Manager

Quantity Surveyor

Health & Safety Officer





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Junior Cert Science

The new Junior Cycle science course will be introduced in September 2016. New features of this course include learning outcomes across 5 main areas:

  • Nature of Science

  • Physical world

  • Chemical world

  • Biological world

  • Earth and space.

There is a new focus given to the Nature of science which aims to promote greater engagement and thinking about how science works; carrying out investigations, communicating in science, and the role and contribution of science and scientists to society. There are also new assessments which offer students a chance to demonstrate their achievement as creators of scientific research reports.

All students will be encouraged to participate in science competitions such as the ‘BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’ and ‘Scifest’ to enhance their understanding of the Nature of Science.


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