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What are your interests?



The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Junior Cycle - 1st Year

The Junior Cycle programme runs over three years and culminates in the Junior Certificate examination. There are three core subjects:

  • English
  • Irish
  • Maths

CSPE (Civic, Social & Personal Education) is also compulsory

The introduction of the new Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA) Programme has led to a number of changes in the Junior Cycle curriculum.

The main points of significance in relation to the new JCSA programme are:

  • A cap  on the total number of subjects taken at Junior Certificate Level to eight
  • A combination of CORE subjects, chosen subjects and short courses
  • Potential for Short courses in 16 new areas including Chinese Language & Culture, Leadership & Web Design
  • Revised Assessment arrangements
  • 24 Statements of Learning
  • Focus on 8 Key Skills to be embedded in the learning outcomes and appropriate to the age of the learner




Managing Myself

Managing Information & Thinking

Working with Others



Staying well

Being Creative


+ All to include Working with New Technologies

You can download more in depth information here. 

The concepts of Careers and The World of Work are introduced as part of the school curriculum in 1st year. Developing Self Management & a Sense of Purpose and the study of Influences & Decisions are included in the SPHE programme.  In some schools, there is also timetabled Careers Guidance provision for Junior Cycle students.

When picking subjects in first year, apart from the three core subjects, look at the following:

  • Enjoyment of and general interest in subject
  • General career requirement – e.g. Science subject, third language, business subject
  • Subject clusters / groupings / choice bands
  • Streaming / mixed ability / banding

Useful links:

Junior Cycle Subjects