The new Junior Cycle course is currently replacing the old Junior Certificate. It presents a dual approach to assessment that supports student learning over the three years of junior cycle and also measures achievement at the end of those three years. This dual approach reduces the focus on one externally assessed examination as a means of assessing students and increases the prominence given to classroom-based assessment and formative assessment.
In the case of each subject, two structured Classroom-Based Assessments will be introduced which will contribute to and build on the use of formative assessment in the classroom. One of these Classroom-Based Assessments will take place in second year, and the other during third year. Each assessment will be drawn from a variety of types of assessment, which might include project tasks,
oral language tasks, investigations, practical or designing and making tasks, field studies and artistic performance.
The dual approach to assessment will recognise and value the different types of learning that take place in schools, and will allow for a more rounded assessment of the education of each young person.
Subjects for Junior Cycle
Core Subjects for 1st to 3rd Year students
- Religious Education
- Home Economics
- Business Studies