Senior Cycle

Overview

For Senior Cycle we offer the broadest possible options for our students. The subjects we currently offer are:

 

  • Irish
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Home Economics
  • Art
  • Religious Education
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • Music
  • Geography
  • Link Modules

 

Design and Communication Graphics, Agricultural Science and Engineering are also available with classes provided in St. Patricks Secondary School.

 

Subject Details

  • Irish

    Leaving Certificate Irish builds upon the language developed during Junior Cycle. All four language skills are further developed in order to enable the learner take an active part in the bilingual society in which we live in today in Ireland. The learner is encouraged to develop and share her/his views on a range of topics. The learner is also prepared during Senior Cycle for further study in or through Irish.

    Irish is assessed at three levels i.e. Foundation Level, Ordinary Level or Higher Level. The learner’s oral competency is assessed around Easter of the final year, in an oral examination worth 40%, at each level, of the overall mark, and the other three skills are assessed in June. Aspects of literary works must be studied at Ordinary Level while at Higher Level these same works and additional material must be studied in greater detail.

  • English

    Leaving Certificate English invites students into rich experiences with language so that they become fluent and thoughtful users of it and more aware of its significance in their lives. It develops a range of literacy and oral skills in a variety of areas, personal, social, and cultural. Students develop a wide range of skills and concepts. These will allow them to interpret and enjoy a range of material so that they become independent learners who can operate independently in the world beyond the school.

    Leaving Certificate English is assessed at two levels, Ordinary and Higher level.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics at Senior Cycle builds on the learning at Junior Cycle and develops mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, life and work. Through their study of Mathematics, students develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking which enables them to solve problems in mathematical and real world contexts.

    The syllabus is provided at three levels – Higher, Ordinary and Foundation level and is also assessed at these levels. There are two examination papers at each level.

  • Spanish

    Spanish follows a common syllabus framework for the teaching and examining of modern languages in the Leaving Certificate. The syllabus aims to develop learners’ communicative skills in the Spanish, to develop their strategies for effective language learning and raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity.

    Assessment is by means of a written examination, and an aural and oral examination at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level.

  • French

    Leaving Certificate French follows a common syllabus framework for the teaching and examining of modern languages in the Leaving Certificate. The syllabus aims to develop learners’ communicative skills in the French, to develop their strategies for effective language learning and raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity.

    Assessment is by means of a written examination, and an aural and oral examination at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level.

  • Biology

    Biology is the study of life. Through the study of Biology students explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. They become aware of the use of living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the environment.

    The Leaving Certificate Biology syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels. The Biology syllabus is currently under review.

  • Chemistry

    At Presentation Castleisland, Chemistry is taught by Ms Dooley and is offered to all senior cycle students. Each Chemistry category (inorganic, organic, physical, environmental & analytical) is covered over the course of two years.

    Chemistry is fundamental to our world; it plays a role in everyone’s lives. It is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, clean air, water, and soil. As Chemistry is a practical subject, experimentation is vital. Our students have the opportunity to work as a team in our two fully equipped Science labs to carry out experiments.

    Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life in numerous ways by providing new solutions to problems in health, materials, and energy usage. Thus, studying chemistry is useful in preparing us for the real world, therefore we plan activities such as BT Young Scientist, SciFest and trips to 3rd level institutes and Chemical companies in order for our students to experience what is involved in the Chemistry world.

    With the strong set of STEM skills and knowledge provided here at Presentation, we hope that many of our students will go on to study a Science at 3rd level and pursue STEM related careers.

  • Home Economics

    Leaving Certificate Home Economics provides students with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work. The learning experiences in Home Economics develop flexibility and adaptability in students, prepare them for a consumer-oriented society and provide a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism. This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

  • Art

    There are three different components to the Leaving Certificate Art Exam:

    Coursework 50% – 2 pieces developed one piece made during class time

    Practical 20% – 2nd piece made during 5 hr exam

    Written 30%

    In preparation for this senior cycle Art students will endeavour to become visual researchers. They will learn to select a stimulus, choose relevant primary sources and develop, rationalise and contextualise their ideas and work further. Students will be engaged in the process of making/creating art from conception to realisation using a range of skills and chosen materials.

    The written examination will have a range and balance of question types suited to Visual Studies and the application of practical knowledge. Art theory classes in senior cycle will focus on a broad understanding of Visual Studies and will require learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, and an ability to apply, analyse, evaluate and respond as appropriate.

  • Religious Education

    Leaving Certificate Religious Education promotes tolerance and mutual understanding. It is a broad course which seeks to develop the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions.

    This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

    A non-examination framework is also available for those students who do not wish to take Religious Education as a Leaving Certificate examination subject.

  • Computer Science

    Computer Science is the study of computing and algorithmic processes. Leaving Certificate Computer Science includes how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

  • Business Studies

    Business Studies helps pupils to make more informed decisions about their personal finances in the everyday business of living. It gives pupils a better understanding of the world of work. It encourages students to think about how and why people start up in business and why students too might also consider starting a business. Our school liaises with the Kerry Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and takes part in the Student Enterprise Awards Competition each year. All 1st Year students take part and have represented our school at County and National Finals, with outstanding success in recent years. Our students have made appearances on both the RTÉ Late Late Show and The Today Show showcasing their enterprises.

    The Junior Cycle has three strands:
    • Personal Finance
    • Enterprise
    • The Economy

    Students complete a Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) in second and third year:
    • CBA 1: Group Project – 2nd Year
    • CBA 2: Individual Presentation – 3rd Year

    Students complete an Assessment Task  based on CBA 2 which is worth 10% of the overall Junior Cycle result.

    A final examination takes place in June of 3rd Year worth 90%.

  • Music

    Leaving Certificate Music involves a series of interrelated musical activities within each of the three core areas of musical experience – performing, composing and listening. In performing, students choose from a variety of individual and/or group performing activities. In composing, students develop an understanding of musical structure and form, while the listening component provides for rich aural experiences through exposure to music of different periods, styles and genres.

    This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

  • Geography

    Leaving Certificate Geography will help students develop an understanding of the changing relationships between the physical and human worlds. Through their study of Geography, students will develop geographical skills that will help them to make informed judgments about issues at local, national and international levels.

    Leaving Certificate Geography may be studied at Ordinary or Higher level. The course is divided into core, elective and optional units of study. Geography is assessed at Ordinary and Higher level. Students are expected to complete a report on a geographical investigation and to sit a written examination.