The Leaving Certificate is a two-year programme that aims to provide learners with a broad, balanced education while also offering them a chance to specialise towards a particular career option. The Leaving Certificate is an exam taken by sixth year students at the end of their final school year. Most students taking the examination are aged 17-19 years old. The Examination is overseen by the State Examinations Commission.
The examinations run for up to two weeks and begin at the start of June. The State Examinations Commission is responsible for the development, assessment, accreditation and certification of the second-level examinations of the Irish state: the Junior Certificate and the Leaving Certificate. The State Examinations Commission is a non-departmental public body under the aegis of the Department of Education and Science.
All students will study Irish, English, Maths and choose 4 of the subjects below to study at senior cycle and sit their leaving cert exams in. Students will also have Recreational Physical Education, Religion and Career Guidance on their timetables.
Optional Subject Choices
Physical Education, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technical Drawing, Construction Studies, Home Economics (S/S), Accounting, Art, Economics, German, French, History, Geography, Business, Applied Maths, Politics and Society.
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