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Leaving Certificate


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2 Years


Working in Technology - Technology
Working in Technology - Technology

Leaving Certificate technology provides students with the knowledge and skills associated with technology education. Students apply their knowledge and skills creatively in a design-based approach to solving everyday technological problems, mindful of the impact on natural resources and on the environment.

The syllabus comprises core areas of study, which are mandatory, and five optional areas of study, from which students choose two.

Why Study Technology?

  • Given the current accelerated advances in technology, this is a very cutting edge subject. This subject aims to boost a student's ability to apply knowledge and skills to evaluate technology. 
  • Technology will help you to solve many of the technological problems you may experience in everyday life.
  • This subject teaches you to think about a problem and then use your knowledge and skills to design a solution to that problem.
  • It will teach you skills in the use of basic tools and equipment.
  • You will also be able to identify many different types of materials and have a basic understanding of electronic circuits and gear systems.

What kind of Student would Technology suit?

Students do not need to have taken Technology at Junior Cert to do this course. It would however be an advantage if students had taken one of Tech Drawing, Wood Technology or Technology, as this subject consolidates, extends and refines knowledge, skills and techniques acquired at Junior Cert. level in these subjects.

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 1695 students who sat the Higher Level Technology exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 176 students who sat the Ordinary Level Technology exam in 2019.


Explore Marks Distribution for all Subjects:

Course Overview

Within the Leaving Certificate, technology education is provided through the subjects of Engineering, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics, and Technology, thereby providing progression from junior cycle.

These subjects contribute to a broad, balanced and general education of students, with particular reference to their vocational, further education and training aspirations, on completion of the Leaving Certificate.

At a practical level, the technology subjects at senior cycle share a number of common features. The syllabuses:

  • are constructed on the basis of core areas of study and optional areas of study, reflecting the different topics and sections within the subject area and are offered at two levels - Ordinary and Higher
  • have been designed for completion in 180 hours of class contact time
  • place a strong emphasis on practical learning activity
  • include a range of assessment components aimed at measuring student achievement in both practical and theoretical aspects of the subjects.

Course Content

Core Elements

The core of the programme is a broad general introduction to the nature of technology that provides students with a consolidation, extension and refinement of the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired in the Junior Certificate. It is intended that all elements in the core are learned in an integrative manner by means of a 'design and make' approach in the context of safety and the impact of technology on society.

  • A Process of Design
  • Project & Quality Management
  • Materials and Production
  • Communication and Graphic Media
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Structures and Mechanisms
  • Energy, Electricity and Electronics

Optional Modules

The optional modules allow students to undertake a more in-depth study of specific elements within the core. Each student will study two options in addition to the core. Reference should be made to the syllabus document for more detailed information.

Electronics and Control 

  •    Electrical Measurement 
  •    Components and Circuit Design    
  •    Power Supplies and Safety  
  •    Electric Motors 
  •    Assembly of Pre-designed Circuits 
  •    Logic Circuits  
  •    Counters and Sensors 

   Applied Control Systems     

  •    Robotics 
  •    Robotic Control   
  •    Control 
  •    Programmable Devices    
  •    Pneumatics 

   Information & Communication Technology   

  •    Computer Architecture   
  •    Data Communications 
  •    Computer Networks 
  •    Internet 
  •    Multimedia Design 

   Manufacturing Systems    

  •    Context of Manufacturing  
  •    Quality Management   
  •    Project Management 
  •    Concurrent Engineering 
  •    Manufacturing Systems Design & Control 

   Materials Technology     

  •    Classification of Materials 
  •    Properties/Structure of Materials  
  •    Materials Processing 
  •    Skills Development 
  •    Quality Assurance 
  •    Production Techniques  

Exam Structure

Technology is assessed by means of a terminal exam and a project – both are equally weighted, 50% each.

Terminal Exam – 50% marks

At both Higher and Ordinary levels, the terminal exam is made of two sections:

Section A: Core

Section B: Options.

Project – 50% marks

Students will be required to undertake a project, based on a specified thematic brief and within stated parameters. The project involves the design and production of an artefact and an accompanying folder. The project should integrate the various elements of the study of technology and should represent the highest standard of knowledge and skills attained by the student. The folder should reflect all stages of the student’s work from design to realisation, and should include an overall evaluation.

Career Possibilities

Technology gives students a basic understanding of the principles of engineering, design and project management. If you enjoyed the technology programme at Junior Cert level, and like hands-on activity, this subject may develop an interest in a career in engineering or technology.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Practical

These subjects are 'hands-on' and involve working with tools and machinery on physical things like wood, metals and plastic. They may involve designing, planning and building things.

Required for 3rd Level?

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?

Tracey Roche, Design Engineer

My Leaving Cert subjects were as follows: English, Irish, Maths, French (obligatory subjects). My choice subjects were: Accounting, Physics & Chemistry. I did all honours subjects and I think doing honours Maths and English especially really help.

English is not immediately obvious when one thinks of a career in Engineering, but from the point of view of report writing and corresponding with team members and even customers via email etc, it is a very important skill to master.

I was not 100% sure of my career path at the time of choosing the above mentioned "choice-subjects". My way of thinking was, one business subject, one science and another one that I thought I might like or be good at. Physics, Chemistry and Accounting all have a common theme of maths and problem solving, this was my link into Electronic Engineering... In hindsight, had some form of technology or electronics courses been available in my school, I think these might have been helpful. I'm not sure which subject I would have replaced though!

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