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Junior Certificate

Junior Certificate

This three year programme was introduced in Bridgetown Vocational College in September 1989.  It replaced the former “Group Certificate” and Intermediate Certificate programmes.

The entry requirement is that a student would normally have completed 6th class in a primary school or equivalent, and would be 12 years of age on 1st January of the year following enrolment.

Students study:

  • Irish,
  • English,
  • Maths,
  • Science,
  • Religious Education,
  • Physical Education
  • Social and Political Education (CSPE),
  • Social Health and Physical Education. (SPHE)

Together with a number of the following subjects,

  • French,
  • Art,,
  • Technical Graphics,
  • Music
  • Materials Technology (Wood),
  • Metalwork,
  • Home Economics,
  • Business Studies,
  • Theatre & Stage.

to cater for the needs and talents of individual students, Irish English and Maths may be studied at three different levels: Higher Level (A: Árd), Ordinary Level (G: Gnáth) or Foundation Level (B: Bonn). Only students with an exemption recognised by the Department of Education and Skills can be excused from the study of Irish. All other subjects may be studied at two levels: Higher Level (A: Árd) or Ordinary Level (G: Gnáth). Students who plan to enroll for Leaving Certificate are advised to follow as many subjects as possible at the Higher Level.