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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Subject Choice

Leaving Certificate

Other Language

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NFQ Level
2 Years


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.


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.


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

Sharon Carty, Opera Singer
My advice if you're uncertain about choosing subjects is to choose things you're interested in, rather than what you think will be good for your career. A broad education will serve you really well not only in terms of college options, but also can enrich your life outside of school and work. I have a huge interest in astronomy and loved studying physics in school, and although I'd never have had the talent in Maths to study it at 3rd level or have a career in it, it meant I can really enjoy reading popular science books and keep up with what's going on in space exploration, as a hobby. For Leaving Certificate I studied English, Irish, Maths, Physics, Music, Biology, German and Classical Studies. Looking back, the subjects I did (specifically English, Music, Classics and German) meant that I was well-equipped with a lot of background knowledge that was helpful in my career as a singer, in terms of literature, language and musical training. Without having studied Music at 2nd level, with the wonderful teacher I had, I am 100% certain I wouldn't be a singer today.

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Elaine MacDonald, Psychologist - Clinical

I like the way that the Irish school system allows students to study a variety of subjects to get a broad base.

I chose a range of subjects including languages (French and Spanish) which allowed me to make friends and really immerse myself in different cultures during my summers abroad.

I feel that Maths helped me to develop my logical mind, and prepared me well for learning to use statistics which are widely used in Clinical Psychology.

Biology was certainly useful to take in school and is relevant to Clinical Psychology because of its focus on how the human body works and how the brain functions.

English was also useful to the role of Clinical Psychologist as report writing skills are used across the board, and good ability to express yourself both verbally and in writing is very important.

I also feel that my involvement in school sports (hockey and swimming) was important in helping me develop into a person who enjoys being part of a team.

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Brian Howard, Guidance Counsellor

For my Leaving Certificate I studied the three compulsory subjects: English, Irish and Maths. I had a great interest in science so I chose to do two science subjects - Biology and Chemistry. I wanted to keep as many options open as possible as I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do on leaving school so I chose one business subject - Economics and I chose a language - French, in order to keep all the universities open also.

In hindsight I think this was a good selection of subjects as it kept a lot of doors open while also allowing me to chose subjects I liked and did well in. I eventually went on to do a science degree so my 2 Leaving Certificate science subjects came in handy. Once I had my degree this allowed me to teach and subsequently do my postgraduate in Guidance Counselling.

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