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Second Level Curriculum

The curriculum for Ireland's primary and post-primary schools is determined by the Minister for Education and Skills who is advised by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The curriculum sets out, not only what is to be taught, but how learning in the particular subject area is to be assessed.

Junior Cert

The Junior Cycle examination is held at the end of the Junior Cycle in post-primary schools. There is also a classroom-based component to the assessment which is based on work completed by the student during second and third year. .
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Transition Year

Transition Year is a one-year, school-based programme between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. It can be a lot of fun and a great break between the Junior and Leaving cycles, and it can help students get a feel for what they may want to pursue in college .
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Leaving Cert

The established Leaving Certificate is a two-year programme, containing a range of distinct subjects normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level. These exams are important as they are the primary basis for college acceptance
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Leaving Cert Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The Leaving Cert Applied can be great course to follow for the right person.
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The circumstances in which a student will be given exemption from Irish are very limited, but you can read about them here.
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