Newtown School

Senior Cycle

The subject options at Leaving Certificate level offer real choice and the maximum opportunity to study subjects to higher level.

In the core subjects of Irish, English and Mathematics there are three-way class divisions in higher, higher/ordinary and ordinary groupings according to the syllabus. There are higher and ordinary classes in French and a higher-level class and an LCVP class in Spanish. (The LCVP Spanish is primarily for students taking the Vocational Programme and who may not have studied a second European language).

Elective subjects are timetabled to allow students the possibility to specialise in sciences or the arts or humanities or commercial/vocational courses, or students may follow a general studies programme by selecting one subject from each of the disciplines.

Subject requirements of students entering Fifth Year determine the precise arrangement of the options. Students indicate their requirements following career guidance and aptitude testing during Fourth Year.


Fifth year subject options – 2020/21

Irish:
Higher
Ordinary
English:
Higher
Ordinary
Mathematics:
Higher
Ordinary
1.
Art
Chemistry
Economics
Geography
2.
French 
Spanish
Physics
Music
Home Economics
3.
French
Spanish
Construction Studies
Accounting
 
4.
Business
Biology
Design & Communication Graphics
History
 
5.
Agricultural Science
Applied Mathematics
Geography
Biology
 
6.
LCVP / Physical Education / Careers
     
  • Students may select only one subject from each line going across.
  • Students are advised to select a minimum of seven subjects at the beginning of Fifth Year and are encouraged to study up to eight subjects (including the mandatory study of Irish).
  • Courses in a subject are offered only when the number of students choosing to study that subject is sufficient to form a viable class.

Sixth year subject options – 2020/21

Irish:
Higher
Ordinary
English:
Higher
Ordinary
Mathematics:
Higher
Ordinary
1.
Spanish
French
French
 
2.
Accounting
Biology
Home Economics
Art
 
3.
Biology
Construction Studies
Applied Mathematics
History
 
4.
Economics
  Chemistry
Design & Communication Graphics
Music
 
5.
Agricultural Science
Geography
Physics
 
6.
LCVP / Physical Education / Careers
     
  • Students may select only one subject from each line going across.
  • Students are advised to select a minimum of seven subjects at the beginning of Fifth Year and are encouraged to study up to eight subjects (including the mandatory study of Irish).
  • Courses in a subject are offered only when the number of students choosing to study that subject is sufficient to form a viable class.
 
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