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The Irish school system is divided into three terms.About 1

  • September – December Term One
  • January – April Term Two
  • April – May – Term Three

Programmes are offered as follows:

  • Full academic year – September – May
  • One Semester – January – May
  • One term – September – December or January – April

All subjects offered in LOI schools are listed in the Rules & Programmes for Secondary Schools published by the Irish Department of Education. Subjects can be taken at three levels for Junior Certificate. Higher/Ordinary and the easiest Foundation.

Please note that Irish Language is a subject in all schools. Non-Irish students are exempt from this subject.
Junior Cycle
History Art, Craft & Design Geography Physical Education*
Mathematics Spanish English Italian
Science French Music German
Classical Studies Environmental Studies* Latin Civics*
Greek Hebrew Studies Business Studies Technology
Social Studies Typewriting Woodwork or Materials Technology
Computer Studies* Metalwork Mechanical Drawing/Technical Graphics
Religious Education*

Cabinteely Girls* Please note that not all of these subjects will be offered in every school. All schools offer a core syllabus of Irish, English, mathematics, European Language, a subject from Social, Political or Environmental Studies. Schools generally offer options for a further three or four subjects. Please note that Physical Education and Religious Education are taught in every school.
Senior Cycle
Irish English French Latin
Greek German Spanish Italian
Hebrew Studies Classical Studies History Geography
Mathematics Applied Mathematics Physics Chemistry
Biology Physics & Chemistry Economics Economic History
Business Organisation Accounting Art Music
Construction Studies Engineering Technical Drawing Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Science Home Economics General Home Economics (Social and Scientific)


As with the Junior Cycle not all subjects will be available in a school. The core subjects and options will be offered. Leaving certificate students will have a minimum of six subjects.