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Junior Certificate Subjects

A new Junior Cycle Framework was introduced in 2018 offering 21 subjects. Three of these, Mathematics, English and Irish, are mandatory and require a minimum of 240 hours of learning. History has been added to the list and from September 2020 will require a minimum of 200 hours learning. The other 17 subjects remain optional, within the overall requirement to study up to a maximum of 10 subjects.

Students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and those viewed as at risk of leaving school early may follow the Junior Certificate School Programme.

Note: [SC] indicates that the course is one of the recently introduced Short Courses

The subjects can be arranged into subject groups as follows:

Practical

Materials Technology Wood
Technology
Metalwork
Coding [SC]
Digital Media Literacy [SC]
Engineering

Science

Mathematics
Science
CSI: Exploring Forensic Science [SC]

Artistic

Art, Craft Design
Music
Technical Graphics
Artistic Performance [SC]
Graphics
Visual Art

Humanities

French
History
Italian
Spanish
English
Geography
Latin
Ancient Greek
Classical Studies
ESS
German
Gaeilge
Jewish Studies
Chinese Language & Culture [SC]
Classics
Philosophy [SC]
Modern Foreign Languages

Social

CSPE [SC]
Physical Education
Home Economics
Religious Education
SPHE
Civic, Social & Political Education [SC]
Physical Education [SC]
A Personal Project - Caring for Animals [SC]
Social, Personal & Health Education [SC]

Business

Business Studies
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