St. Columba's College Boarding & Day School in Dublin, Ireland

Curriculum

Curriculum

The curriculum for each subject is set down by the Department of Education and is administered by each academic department as outlined in their department submission.

There are four forms in the junior school.Form Primary (roughly equivalent to sixth class in primary school and first year of secondary school in the U.K.), Form I, Form II, and Form III. Form IV (the Transition Year), Form V and Form VI make up the senior school. 

Form Primary (11-12 year olds)

The subjects taken in Form Primary are: English, Maths, French, Irish, Latin, History, Geography, Science, Computer Studies, Art, Music, Religious Education (RE), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), Physical Education (PE).  

Form I (12-13 year olds)

The subjects taken in Form I are: English, Maths, French, Spanish, Irish, Latin, History, Geography, Science, Computer Studies, Art, Music, Religious Education (RE), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), Physical Education (PE).  

Form II

The subjects available in Form II are: English, Maths, French, Irish (unless exempt), Spanish (if exempt from Irish on grounds of previous education outside Ireland), History, Geography, Science, Computer Studies, SPHE, RE, Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE), PE plus a choice of Art/Music and Classical Studies/Latin/Technical Graphics. Remedial English and Maths are taught to those exempt from Irish on grounds of a learning difficulty.  

Form III

At the end of this year pupils in Form III sit their first public examination, the Junior Certificate.The subjects are offered at Higher or Ordinary level.The vast majority of pupils take the Higher level. English, Maths, French, Irish (unless exempt), Spanish, History, Geography, Science, SPHE, RE, CSPE, plus a choice of Art/Music and Classical Studies/ Latin/Technical Graphics.  

Form IV (The Transition Year)

The Transition Year is compulsory for all pupils.It maintains the academic momentum through the study of nine academic subjects.Integrated within this year is in-depth experience of extra-curricular activities. English, Maths, French and Irish (unless exempt) are compulsory.The other subjects are chosen from Spanish, Latin, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Computer Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Construction Studies, Drama, Music, RE,SPHE, PE. Examinations are held at the end of the Michaelmas and Hilary terms. There is also considerable extracurricular emphasis on Drama, Art, Music and outward bound experience, career guidance and future subject choice, together with a wide range of expeditions. A full description of the Transition Year programme can be found here.  

Form V and Form VI

The fifth form marks the start of the two-year Leaving Certificate programme.It is a broad-based exam for which pupils normally take seven subjects, some of which are compulsory.These subjects can be taken at Higher or Ordinary level. Pupils make their subjects choices, with the help of the Careers and Guidance department, in the spring before their fifth form year. Although some change of subject is permitted it is normal that the choices made for Form V are the subjects that will be examined at Leaving Certificate, two years later.   Pupils must study the following compulsory subjects: English, Maths, a modern language (French or Spanish) and Irish (unless exempted).   Then they can choose three (or four, if exempt from Irish) from: Applied Maths, Latin, History, Geography, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, Art, Classical Studies, Music, Agricultural Science and Construction Studies.   One period per week is given over to Religious Education and to Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE).   Depending on other subject choices, pupils may choose one of the following to study for two periods per week: Art History, Computer Studies, Photography/Pottery, Recreational Art, P.E.

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