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Rathdown School

Senior Cycle

The Leaving Certificate examination is held at the end of the Senior Cycle in post-primary schools.

The Senior Cycle caters for students in the 16 to 18-year-old age group.

We offer 21 academic subjects at Leaving Certificate level.

Students can take up to eight subjects and the results of the best six subjects are considered:

The Core Curriculum is as follows:

  • English
  • Irish (unless an exemption is held)
  • Mathematics

Up to five additional subjects are taken from the following list:

  • Accounting

  • Agricultural Science
  • Applied Maths
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies 
  • Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)
  • Economics
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Home Economics (Social & Scientific)
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Spanish              

The following non-exam subjects are also included in the curriculum:

  • Career Guidance
  • Physical Education
  • Social & Personal & Health Education
  • Religious Education
  • RSE (Relationships & Sexuality Education)

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