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St. John Bosco CC

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The Junior Certificate Examination     


    The Junior Certificate examination is held at the end of the Junior Cycle in post-primary schools. The Junior Cycle caters for students in the 13 to 15 year old age group. Students normally sit for the examinations at the age of 14 or 15, after 3 years of post-primary education.

However, candidature for the examination is not limited to post-primary school students. A candidate following an approved course of study outside the State or who is attending an approved course of study organised under the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme , Adult Literacy and Community Education Schemes, the Department of Social and Family Affairs second-level scheme for the unemployed or an analogous scheme, may be admitted to the examinations on payment of the appropriate fee. link to the fees section

 

Subject Choice


The examination is offered in the following subjects and levels. For curriculum information for each of these subjects please click on this link to the website of the Department of Education and Science. link to the Department of Education and Science
    
    
    SUBJECT                                                    LEVEL   

 
        Irish                                                         Higher, Ordinary and Foundation     
        English                                                    Higher, Ordinary and Foundation     
        Project Maths                                           Higher, Ordinary and Foundation     
        History                                                     Higher and Ordinary     
        Geography                                                Higher and Ordinary     
        French                                                      Higher and Ordinary     
        German                                                     Higher and Ordinary     
        Spanish                                                     Higher and Ordinary     
        Italian                                                        Higher and Ordinary     
        Art, Craft & Design                                     Higher and Ordinary     
        Music                                                        Higher and Ordinary   

        Science (Revised Syllabus)                         Higher and Ordinary     
        Home Economics                                       Higher and Ordinary     
        Materials Technology (Wood)                       Higher and Ordinary     
        Metalwork                                                  Higher and Ordinary     
        Technical Graphics                                     Higher and Ordinary     
        Business Studies                                       Higher and Ordinary     
        Typewriting                                                 Higher and Ordinary     
        Environmental and Social Studies (ESS)       Higher and Ordinary     
        Technology                                                 Higher and Ordinary     
        Latin                                                          Higher and Ordinary     
        Ancient Greek                                            Higher and Ordinary     
        Classical Studies                                       Higher and Ordinary     
        Jewish Studies                                           Higher and Ordinary     
        Religious Education                                    Higher and Ordinary     
        Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)  Common     
    
Other EU Language Subjects


Examinations in a number of other EU language subjects are also offered on a non-curricular basis and subject to candidates meeting certain criteria.
Please click here for further information.

 

Subject Exclusions


Candidates may not take any of following subject combinations:


1.    Classical Studies and Latin
2.    Classical Studies and Greek
3.    Science and Science with Local Studies

 

Composition of the Examination


The examination incorporates written tests in all subjects except Art, Craft and Design. There are optional oral examinations in the subjects Irish, French, German, Italian and Spanish. There are practical examinations in Art, Craft and Design; Music; Home Economics Metalwork (Higher Level only). There is Practical Course Work in Art, Craft and Design; Materials technology (Wood); Home Economics; Religious Education; Metalwork; Environmental and Social Studies and Civic, Social and Political Education, Technology, Science and Science with Local Studies.

 

Grading


Results of the Junior Certificate examination subjects are given in the form of grades. Each grade represents a percentage range of marks as follows.
    
    
    Percentage Range                   Grade     
        85 or over                               A     
        70 but less than 85                 B     
        55 but less than 70                 C     
        40 but less than 55                 D     
        25 but less than 40                 E     
        10 but less than 25                 F     
        Less than 10                          No Grade    

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