Subjects – Senior Cycle
The curriculum is based on the syllabus of the Department of Education for Leaving Certificate.
Career Guidance is provided to all students in the selection of subjects at the appropriate level.
- Light and Sound Waves
- Gravity, Motion, Force and Heat
- Electricity and Semiconductors
- Atomic Physics
- Particle Physics or Applied Electricity
Careers in Physics are found mainly in Industry, Research and Development, Education, Health, Computers, Electronics, Communications, Meteorology and Environment and in Aviation.
- general conversation
- picture sequences – i.e. to tell picture storiesor a project
- a role-play situation
- extracts from literary texts
- usually newspaper or magazine articles/ journalistic texts
- expressing attitudes and opinions on topics (Äußerung zum Thema)
- giving and obtaining information (e.g. writing an email or letter)
- describing picture sequences, a photo or cartoons
- writing part of a brief dialogue or a note
- To promote a knowledge and understanding of a selection of contrasting physical and human environments.
- To promote an awareness of the spatial, structural, and temporal patterns of environmental phenomena.
- To understand the opportunities and challenges of global independence.
- To promote conservation of the earth’s resources.
- To recognise and be sensitive to other people and their cultures.
- To develop a variety of geographical skills which can be applied to the world of work and to many other aspects of life.
- To develop and promote active citizenship.
- To encourage the use of information and communication technologies.
- To assist students to become well-informed and responsible citizens.
- To provide students with an interesting and enjoyable experience.
- Information gathering skills
- Information and communication technology
- Presentation and communication skills
- Investigative skills
- Social skills
- Evaluation skills
- Construction engineering and drawing
- Practical skills
- Course work and projects
Construction theory and drawing
- Historical development of buildings
- Planning permission
- Substructure, i.e. foundations, concretes and sites investigation
- Superstructure, i.e. walls windows, doors and roofs
- Internal construction, i.e. partitions, floors, stairs, dry lining, painting and decorating
- Services and external work, i.e. hot and cold water systems, heating systems, underground and overground drainage, fireplaces, electrical installation and circuits
- Heat and thermal effects in buildings, i.e. U valves, insulation and human comfort
- Illumination in buildings
- Sound in buildings
Course work and projects
- Workshop / laboratory course work reports on assignments and experiments carried out and
- The results of a project undertaken during the course.
- A building detail involving three craft practices or
- A building science project relating to craft practice or
- A written drawn project relating to craft or architectural heritage, including a model.
- Practical exam 150 marks
- Project / course work 150 marks
- Written exam (Higher level 300 marks, Ordinary level 200 marks)
Design & Communication Graphics
Plane and Descriptive Geometry
- Projection systems
- Plane Geometry
- Conic sections
- Descriptive Geometry
- Intersection and development of surfaces
Graphics in Design and Communication
- Communication of Design
- Freehand Sketching
- Computer Aided Design
- Surface Geometry
- Geologic Geometry
- Structural Forms
- Dynamic Mechanisms
- Life sketching: Two sketches are required, drawing from a live model.
- Design/Craft: A week is allowed to prepare for this paper. Preparatory pieces are brought into the examination. The finished piece may be a poster, a book cover, a CD, or video cover, a design suitable for printing, calligraphy, etc.
- Imaginative composition and still life: This paper is distributed a few days before the examination. A drawing or painting is required. There is lots of scope and a wide range of choice and options.
- Art History and Appreciation: A minimum of twelve questions is given from which the student must answer three. One from Irish Art History, one from European and one from General Appreciation. This examination takes place in June.
- Working with evidence
- Topics for study
Working with evidence
- Introduction: history and the historian
- A documents based study
- A research study
Topics for study
- Early modern, 1492-1815
- Later Modern, 1815-1893.
The Higher level paper
- Candidates will answer four questions, one from each of the four topics studied. Al.l four questions will be of value. Three of the questions will be general questions, while one will be documents-based.
- With the exception of topics nominated for the documents based study, a specified number of questions will be asked on each of the topics.
- In the case of each topic, at least two of the three perspectives will be examined each year.
The Ordinary level paper
- Candidates will answer four questions, one topics studied. A1l four questions will be of equal value. 3 of the questions will be general questions, while one will be documents-based.
- One question will be set on each topic.
- An element of choice will be “built in” to each of the general questions.
- A common format will apply to each of the general questions and each will be stimulus-driven. ‘The stimulus is intended to facilitate candidate recognition of the topic and as a reasonab1y gent1e lead-in to more testing examination of knowledge and understanding. The common format will include stimulus-driven questions (testing comprehension and/or identification) and paragraphs or short essays 1inked to the key personalities and case studies.
- 70% of the course syllabus constitutes pure science.
- 30% of the course consists of technological, political, social and economic aspects of Biology.
- Scientific method, Life characteristics, Food, Nutrition,Eco1ogy, Ecosystem study.
- Microscopy, the Cell, Metabolism, Enzymes, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Genetics and DNA.
- Microorganisms, Bacteria, Human Biology and Body systems, Flowering Plants and Plant bioloqy, Human and Plant Responses, Immune Responses, Plant reproduction, Human Reproduction.
Assessment and exam
- I have basic Mathematical skills (very competent at ordinary level or better).
- I can grasp principles.
- I can apply these principles.
- I like doing practical work.
- I am prepared to work diligently and consistently through fifth and sixth year – impossible to “cram” this subject.
Careers and Chemistry
Financial accounting (80% of course)
Management accounting (20% of course)
- Two sections on financial accounting (80%)
- One section on management accounting (20%)
- People in Business
- At Higher Level the paper will be three hours long.
- At Ordinary Level the paper will be two and a half-hours long.
- Animal enterprises
- Crop enterprises
- Any other animal produced in Ireland
- Root Crops
- Leaf Crops
- Potato production
- Catch Crops
- Grassland and Maize