About the Curriculum
The curriculum is arranged in such away as to provide for an area of choice, while at the same time ensuring a balanced course of instruction. It is structured to cater for students of varying abilities.
Students follow a six year programme comprising of a three year Junior Cycle, leading to the Junior Certificate Examination, a Transition Year and a two year Senior Cycle leading to the Leaving Certificate Examination. Students will also have the option of completing LCVP which is an additional subject to the established Leaving Certificate and LCA which is an alternative Leaving Certificate course.
Organisation for Learning
In our college classes are organised on a mixed ability basis. All classes are mixed for all subjects in first year. To facilitate the study of Gaeilge, Maths and English at different levels, we introduce setting from second year. Setting means timetabling several Maths classes at the same time, for example. Some of these classes prepare the students to take Maths at Higher level, and others prepare the students to take Maths at Ordinary level. The decision about the most appropriate level for each student is made by the student, teacher and the student's parent(s)/guardian(s), and is based on the following:
- Record of classwork and homework done all through first/second year
- Application and participation in class
- Record of class assessments/project work/assignments done during the year
- Results of Christmas and summer examinations
Students may take Higher level or Ordinary level in all other subjects while learning in a mixed ability setting.
Support for Learning
If your son/daughter needs extra support due to language or learning difficulties, please contact our Learning/Language support staff. We offer support to students either individually or in small groups in the Learning Centre. Students may also follow independent programme of support using our IT facilities in the Learning Centre. Learning Support teachers may also accompany students to a class where they need in class support. Please contact us if you have any concerns of this nature.
Academic classes do not exceed 30 students in any one class group. Practical subjects do not exceed 24 students in any group, and Home Economics classes do not exceed 20 students.