At this time of year over 60,000 second-level students are choosing their subjects for leaving certificate. Selecting the right subjects and the level at which to take them is an important task. Most students will choose seven subjects of which their best six are counted as points for CAO courses.
Students take a combination or 'core' and optional choices. The core subjects are usually English, Irish and Maths. However, some students may have grounds for exemption. The optional or choice subjects can be chosen from a range of subjects, (depending on the school curriculum) see leaving certificate subjects.
It is important to be aware that students (with a few exceptions) who apply to honours degree courses of the National University of Ireland (NUI) must present Irish, English and another language. The three language rule however does not apply to other universities or to the institutes of technology. There will be a number of points required for each course but also entry requirements. It is important to check the individual course requirements very carefully.
CareersPortal provides comprehensive overview on Senior Cycle Subject Choice including:
- Leaving Cert Subjects - A comprehensive subject listing by group (Practical; Science; Artistic & Creative; Humanities; Social and Business)
- Quick Guide - A brief summary of some of the things to consider when choosing a course
- FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
37 Senior Cycle Subjects are covered, including Link Modules. Each subject page is presented in a drop down menu format which includes:
- In brief
- Why Study this?
- Videos and Interviews
- Course Overview
- Course Content
- Exam Structure and
- Career Possibilities
Requirements for 3rd Level and relationship to Career Sectors are also given, along with Marks Distribution, links to Exam Papers, Marking Schemes and the Full Curriculum for the particular subject.
The section includes extracts from a wide range of career interviews on the subjects interviewees took in school and how these choices influenced their career path.
The following are some general tips and factors to consider when choosing subjects:
- Ability & Aptitudes: All students have different strengths so consider their abilities in different subjects and choose subjects in which the student is likely to get good grades.
- Interest: Choosing subjects in which you have a genuine interest means you a much more likely to study them and do well.
- Career: There are some subjects that are essential for some college courses and careers. It is important to check out these subject requirements with a Guidance Counsellor or the course provider.
The CareersPortal Team