Junior Certificate

The subjects are:

  • Irish (except where exemptions apply)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • German
  • Science
  • Home Economics
  • Music
  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Material Technology (Wood)
  • Metalwork
  • Technical Graphics
  • Business Studies
  • Civic, Social and Political Education
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  •  PHE

All students must follow courses in English, Mathematics and Civic, Social and Political Education.

Third Years are assessed by means of a State Exam Commission written examination at the end of the three-year programme, along with practical examinations and project work in some subjects and oral and aural examinations in Irish and continental languages.
The practical and oral examinations take place during the third year of the programme. The written examination takes place in June.

Examination fees
Students sitting for the Junior Certificate must pay an examination fee by 30 January the year the exam takes place. This fee is paid through the school.

Examination grades for Junior Certificate
Percentage Range Grade
85 or over A
70 but less than 85 B
55 but less than 70 C
40 but less than 55 D
25 but less than 40 E
10 but less than 25 F
Less than 10 No Grade
You can find the timetables for the Junior Certificate written examinations and for the practical course work as well as the Junior Certificate examination papers on the website of the State Examinations Commission.

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