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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

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 2018:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Higher Level Other Language exam in 2018.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Ordinary Level Other Language exam in 2018.

 

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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?

Shane Sargeant, Department of Foreign Affairs
I am very glad I studied French and Spanish at Leaving Certificate level. I think it is very important to develop language skills as early as possible.

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Edel Carleton, Embassy of Japan in Ireland
I loved languages in school, and continue to love them now, which I think has definitely been the biggest influence on my career. I went to an all Irish primary school, then began German in secondary school and took up Japanese in TY.

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Shane Callanan, Electronic Engineer
When in I was in school I didn’t really have a definite career plan. However I did prefer the Science subjects in general over languages or Business type subjects. Along with the obligatory subjects, I continued with Physics, Chemistry and Honours Maths for my leaving certificate, not so much as a conscious career choice but because I liked them. However as it turned out these all helped me during my course, and they tied in with my career choice.

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