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1 First Years 2014/2015 & Incoming First Years 2015/2016 Ms. Carmel Shannon Guidance Counsellor

2  The Students interest in or liking for a subject  Their aptitudes towards a subject  The value of the subject for their personal/academic development  Whether or not it is necessary to keep options open  The relevance of the subject for future study/career options

3  Exam Subjects  Irish *  English  Maths  History  Geography  Science  Religious Education *  CSPE (* Unless officially exempted)  Non-Exam Subjects  SPHE  Tutorial  Physical Education  3 Optional Subjects:  Art  French  Home Economics  Music  Business Studies  Metalwork  Woodwork  Technical Graphics

4 EXAMPLE : ART BUSINESS STUDIES FRENCH HOME ECONOMICS TECHNICAL GRAPHICS METALWORK WOODWORK MUSIC xx Please place a tick beside the three subjects you would like to study for Junior Certificate Cycle

5 At Present: NUI Colleges (NUIG, NUIM, UCC & UCD) require a 3 rd Language for entry to most courses. Other colleges require two languages: English and Irish/3 rd Language. Institutes of Technology require English or Irish. The Defence Force also requires Irish, English and a 3 rd Language. Garda Siochana Requires two languages: English and Irish/3 rd Language You do not need a 3 rd language to study Science, Nursing, Engineering or Primary School Teaching.

6 EXEMPTIONS MAY BE GRANTED IF: Primary Education up to 11 years was outside Ireland Students with a Specific Learning Disability Students with Serious Intellectual Impairment causing a learning disability Serious Sensory Impairment causing a learning disability Pupils from abroad who have no understanding of English when enrolled Irish Exemptions

7  Students whose native language is not one of the following: Irish, English or French may have the opportunity to study their native language independently and sit an examination in this subject at Leaving Certificate Level.  This option is only available at Higher Level.

8  These are a list of language options available for students to study Independently for Leaving Certificate State Examinations. CzechBulgarianDanishDutch FinnishHungarianLatvianLithuanian PolishPortugueseRomanianSwedish CroatianEstonianSlovakianModern Greek

9 French Language Business Studies Business Art Wood Metal Technical Graphics Music Home Economics Practical

10  There is no such thing as an easy subject.  There are statistics showing some subjects obtain a higher number of A’s than others  This is often a reflection on the type of candidate that selects these subjects.  However It is important to consider the content of a subject and match it to student ability  Example if the student has an aptitude for practical tasks they would enjoy a subject with project work and ‘hands on’ practical activities.  Likewise if a student is very academic they will find theory subjects much easier to understand.

11  Attached are Fact sheets on each Optional Subject available to 1 st year students in the school.  Website provide fact sheets on all subject selection at junior  Talk to Teachers and current students.  Also for past exam papers and curriculum

12  The FACT SHEETS on each subject will provide the following information:  The Content of each subject  What the Junior Certificate exam is like  How this subject would be useful to the student  If this subject is very different after the Junior Certificate.









21  14 Subjects (10 Exam Subjects)  9 Classes a day.  Study includes homework and revision.  Advised to study for 1.5hours per night.  Study should be planned and encouraged at home.  Advised that students spend approx. 15-20mins on a learning task with a short break and then another 15- 20mins etc.  Balance in life in very important and extra curricular activities are encouraged e.g. sport/exercise as well as academic achievement.

22 Time Minutes Subject Activity Details 4:30 15 MathsQ1-10 4:45 15 IrishLearn verbs 5:00 20 GeographyQ1-3, Revise p20 5:20 20 ScienceLearn new topic 5:40 Dinner & TV 6:30 15 FrenchWrite letter 7:00 5 MusicPractice recorder

23 Subject ArtCourse Work Project chosen from a list of themes e.g. craft/3-D Piece/painting. Three Major Pieces from Oct- May: 75% Examination on Drawing of Object & person. 25% Exam in May MusicPractical Exam – Sing/instrument: 25% Aural and Written Exam in Composing and listening to Music (Traditional Music). 75% Home Economics Coursework Project: Craft 15%Cookery Exam: 25%Written Exam: 60% Business Studies OL: 1 Written Exam (20 Questions) HL: 2 Written Exam (20 short Q’s and 4 long Q’s) FrenchListening Exam Approx 40%Written Exam Approx 60% Metal WorkCoursework Project (37.5% HL or 75% OL) Written Exam - Theory 25% Practical Exam for HL ONLY 37.5% Wood WorkCoursework Project & Folder from Nov-April 66% Written Exam –Theory 33% Technical Graphics Written Exam: Short and long Q’s that relate to creating and reading drawings.

24 “ Life is full of choices but making choices would be easier if we stay true to ourselves.”

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