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Subject Choice

Leaving Certificate

Other Language

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

Magda Rogers - Polish
Magda Rogers - Polish
Hugh Cooney - Chinese
Hugh Cooney - Chinese

The State Examinations Commission provides examinations in a range of "non-curricular EU languages". These are languages which do not appear as part of the normal school curriculum, but students may opt to be examined in them, if they meet certain conditions, some of which are listed below. 

Recognised languages are: Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Modern Greek, Finnish, Polish, Estonian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Danish and Dutch.

The following are conditions students must meet:

  • Speak the language natively
  • Be taking Leaving Certificate English
  • Be taking only one non-curricular EU language
  • Be from a member state of the European Union
  • Have followed a programme of study leading to the Leaving Certificate

What kind of student would the Other Language option suit?

  • Students who can already speak the language and want easy points.
  • Students with a particular interest in a country's culture, history, and language.
  • Students who are considering working in a particular country or international relations in the future.

Recommendations/Tips

Check directly with your School, or with the Examination Section of the Department of Education and Skills.

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Higher Level Other Language exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Ordinary Level Other Language exam in 2019.

 

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Course Overview

Each language will have different requirements, please check with the State Examinations Commission here.

Course Content

Each language will have different requirements, please check with the State Examinations Commission here.

Exam Structure

Check directly with your School or with the Examination Section of the Department of Education and Skills.

Career Possibilities

Studying any language is a great foundation for the study of other languages leading to careers in the European Union, Translating, Interpreting, Sales, Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality, and Teaching.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Humanities

These subjects explore the ways in which humans live and communicate in the world. Human life is examined by looking at our past, our present and into our future. These subjects help people to express themselves clearly and develop their reasoning ability.

Required for 3rd Level?

While this subject is not a requirement for any CAO course, it can be used for language matriculation purposes for universities. Where a third* language is required, all languages available in the Leaving Certificate and all EU languages are acceptable for entry to NUI universities.

* A third language is any European/Modern language, other than Irish or English.

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Niamh Cacciato, Solicitor
I chose two languages in school- French and German. I had the choice of German or Art and Music. Most people chose Art and Music and there was only one class out of six classes of first year doing two languages. I believe that doing two languages improved my proficiency in language in general and my ability to learn new vocabulary and grasp new concepts.

I realised I was good at working out how to express myself in French and German and I always wanted to learn new words and phrases and this led me to then choose languages as two of my three subjects for an Arts Degree at third level. I knew that I would like to do French at university and then when I learnt that Italian was on offer I thought why not try something new! I also knew that Italian was similar to French as they are both Latin-based languages and I could guess some of the Italian vocabulary from my knowledge of French.

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Dr. Patrick Cadwell, Lecturer
Studying languages altered my career path the most - I studied French first and then Japanese, and these subjects led me to Luxembourg and Japan.

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Kevin Moran, Insurance Administrator
As well as the mandatory Irish, English and Mathematics my leaving certificate subjects included French, Biology, Geography and Accounting.

This is a broad range of subjects covering everything from business to languages to science, this provided a broad base for me as it left a number of doors open for various university courses.

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