Junior Cycle runs for three years and finishes with the Junior Certificate examination. In these years you will be offered a broad general education that will provide the foundations for your future education and career.
The Junior Cycle is undergoing some changes. From 2014, the new 'Junior Cycle Student Award' (JCSA) is being delivered, which features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on literacy, numeracy and key skills. Assessment and reporting is also different. The change started in 2014 with a new English Programme, followed by Science and Irish in 2015, and a new Business course and suite of short courses added in 2016.
Details of the new JCSA are available here.
Junior Cycle Subjects
During the Junior Cycle you will learn a lot about a wide range of subjects, some of which you are likely to prefer more than others. For many students this is a time where you begin to get an idea about what you would like to do in later life. If you really like a subject, for example business, art or science, you may develop an interest in specialisng in that area in the Leaving Cert, or even in college when you leave school. Read about the subjects you are studying or might like to study in our section on Junior Cycle Subjects.
During the Junior Cycle is a good time to start thinking about and exploring careers. Start by taking some tests and exercises that are designed to help you understand how you differ from others. Everybody is unique, and the tests available here are designed to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses so that you can choose what's best for you. Tests are available from the Self-Assessment area.
Career Sectors, Occupations and Videos
We encourage you to start researching careers now so that you get an idea of the amazing possibilities that are available. In particular we recommend looking at lots of Career Videos to get an idea of what is possible. You can explore whole career areas by choosing the Career Sectors area - for example, business, medicine, or engineering to name a few. You can also find out all you need to know about hundreds of occupations - like what the work is like, what qualifications you need to get a job, how much you might earn and so on.
All Junior Cycle students will have to make choices about what they would like to study for the Leaving Cert. These decisions are made towards the end of Junior Cycle or in Transition year. We provide all you need to know to help you make the right decision for you, in our LC Subject Choice area.
One of the greatest challenges in the Junior Cycle is learning how to study and perform in an exam. Our Study Skills guide provides tips and advice through videos provided by an American expert, along with a test to help you find out where your strengths and weaknesses are.
1st July (17:15) Change of Mind closes
Early July Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants - applicants receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text
22nd July (17:15) Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI
Early August Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant - applicants receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text
Mid-August Current year Leaving Certificate results issued
20th August Round 1 offers available from 06:00 online - also issued by post, e-mail and SMS text.
Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record
24th August Round 1 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
29th August Round 2 offers available from 10:00 online.
31st August Round 2 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
Early September HEIs begin registration
Early October Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released
17th October (17:15) Offer Season Ends.
DIT – Change to language entry requirements
It has been decided by Academic Council to change the language entry requirements for the following programmes.
We have removed the requirement for a pass in any other language (incl Irish) at O6/H7 or equivalent for each programme.
So, the new min entry requirements are as follows:-
Level 7SubjectsMathsEnglish OR IrishLink
Level 8 Subjects H5’s Maths English OR Irish Link DT401 6 2 O4/H7 O6/H7 HERE DT412 6 2 O4/H7 O6/H7 HERE DT413 6 2 O4/H7 O6/H7 HERE
CAO Change of Mind facility openCAO applicants wishing to make changes to their course choices can do so from noon today (4 May) using the Change of Mind facility.
The CAO Change of Mind facility can be accessed via the ‘My Application’ section at www.cao.ie up to 1 July at 5:15pm. This facility is free of charge and can be used as many times as is required.
Mature applicants, and applicants considering introducing a restricted course to their application, should take note of the restrictions before using the Change of Mind facility.
Speaking about the Change of Mind process CAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, suggested applicants should think carefully about any changes that they make.
“The Change of Mind facility is available up to 1 July at 5:15pm, and applicants should use this time to thoroughly research courses, taking special care to check the minimum entry requirements and course content.
“Applicants need to be careful not to make last minute changes to an application based on assumptions about what the points will be, or how well they feel that they have done in their exams. The best advice that we can give applicants is to place their course choices in genuine order of preference.
“CAO applicants should take care when entering their course codes and make sure to check that courses are listed in the correct order by logging in using the ‘My Application’ facility before the ‘Change of Mind’ deadline” she added.
When logging in to make changes, applicants will see their existing Level 8 or Level 7/6 list and a ‘New courses’ list. If an applicant chooses to add, remove or change the order of their courses on either list they must insert all course codes in the correct order on the new list.
For more information about the ‘Change of Mind’ process, and the restrictions that apply, visit the CAO website or view the CAO Handbook.
1. There is no plan
Make decisions for fundamental, not instrumental reasons.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.
What do you do consistently well? What gives you energy rather than drains you?
3. It's not about you.
The most successful people improve their own lives by improving others' lives.
4. Persistence trumps talent.
There are massive returns to doggedness.
5. Make excellent mistakes.
Commit errors from which the benefits of what you've learned exceed the costs of the screw-up.
6. Leave an imprint.
Recognize that your life isn't infinite and that you should use your limited time here to do something that matters.
DIT are hosting an open day in their Kevin St & Bolton St campuses from 9am - 12pm on Saturday 14th April. www.dit.ie
IADT are also inviting students to their Kill Ave Campus on Saturday 14th from 10am-2pm.
They are also organising an open day on Sunday 15th from 330pm - 530pm for students interested in Business + Humanities courses. www.iadt.ie
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