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Leaving Certificate

Religious Education (Non Exam)

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The optional framework for senior cycle religious education offers teachers a structure within which to plan a programme for senior cycle R.E. appropriate to students who are not taking R.E. as an examination subject for Leaving Certificate.

It complements the Leaving Certificate syllabus and guidelines. The framework has been designed with sensitivity to the variety of contexts in which it may be used and can be tailored to suit the particular ethos of a school. It is offered as an option for schools.

Why Study Religious Education

It seeks to develop in students the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions.

The RE syllabus supports the development of the inquiry, thinking, and problem solving skills central to the Leaving Cert

What kind of student would Religious Education suit?

Religious Education suits the student with an enquiring mind - a student who is interested in history, current affairs, travel and culture and debating the meaning of life.


Although part of the time table in many schools, this is not an exam subject.

Religious Education is available as an examinable subject in some schools -  see relevant subject information.

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 Religious Education (Non Exam) exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Ordinary Level Religious Education (Non Exam) exam in 2019.


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Course Overview

The following areas can be covered in this syllabus:

  • The Search for meaning,
  • Christianity,
  • Religious faiths in Ireland today,
  • Morality in action,
  • God talk,
  • A living faith - doing justice and celebrating faith.

Course Content

Summary of contents:

  • Section A - The Search for meaning
  • Section B – Christianity
  • Section C – Religious faiths in Ireland today
  • Section D – Morality in action
  • Section E – God-talk
  • Section F – A living faith – doing justice
  • Section G – Celebrating faith
  • Section H – Story

Exam Structure

This is not an exam subject – please see Religious Education - exam subject for full information and examination details.

Career Possibilities

Possible future courses/career areas: Arts, Law, Journalism, Education, Teaching, Theology, Philosophy and Social Work

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Social

These subjects explore common issues faced by all people living in society. They develop the skills and knowledge used to manage personal resources and guide human behaviour.

Required for 3rd Level?

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

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