The following points were noted on the circular:
The following points are a summary of the key points noted in the circular. It is recommended that school authorities read the official circular given at the following link.
The following specifications will replace existing specifications, with implementation commencing from September 2019 or September 2020.
|Revised Leaving Certificate Subject Specification||Introduced to 5th year students||First Leaving Certificate examination|
|Agricultural Science||September 2019||June 2021|
|Economics||September 2019||June 2021|
|Art||September 2020||June 2022|
Responding to change:
From the start of the 2020/21 school year, the following subjects will be available to all schools that wish to offer them as additional optional Leaving Certificate subjects for examination.
|New specification||National Rollout - Introduced to 5th year students||First Leaving Certificate examination|
|Computer Science||September 2020||2022|
|Leaving Certificate Physical Education||September 2020||2022|
Responding to change:
Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework
The Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework is designed to support teachers in planning quality learning in Physical Education for all students in senior cycle and will not be assessed as part of the Leaving Certificate examination. The framework will replace the guidelines set out in the Rules and Programmes for Secondary Schools which currently forms the basis for physical education at Senior Cycle. The framework is available here.
Discontinuance of Leaving Certificate Agricultural Economics
The subject Agricultural Economics will be examined for the last time during the Leaving Certificate examination in June 2020.
Revised specifications in Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics and Leaving Certificate Classical Studies as well as Leaving Certificate Applied Module Descriptors in English and Communications, ICT, and Mathematical Applications are being finalised.
Languages Connect, Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026, contains a commitment to commence development of Leaving Certificate specifications in Mandarin Chinese Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese, with a view to implementation from September 2020 and first examination in June 2022.
Review of Senior Cycle
The NCCA have commenced a review of senior cycle programmes and vocational pathways, to include Transition Year, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and the Leaving Certificate Established. More information on the Senior Cycle Review is available on the NCCA website here.
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