Irish Schools follow a curriculum set down by the Irish Department of Education (www.education.ie), and all students follow the same courses and take the same state examinations regardless of the type of schools they attend. At Junior Certificate level students usually take a minimum of 7 academic subjects and at Leaving Certificate level a minimum of 6.
Subjects range from Obligatory Subjects such as Mathematics, English and Irish (Overseas students are not required to study Irish) to the Elective Subjects students can choose from ranging from scientific subjects to business subjects to modern languages to humanities.
Access to third level education is highly competitive in Ireland. Students compete for entry based on their results in the Leaving Certificate Examination. Students are graded on their six best subject scores. Entry requirements for courses may vary from year to year, depending on the number of places available and the number of applicants.
Applications for most full-time undergraduate courses are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO – www.cao.ie).
- The six best results, in recognised subjects, in one Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points computation.
- One sitting only of the Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points purposes.
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