Clifden Community School
VS Ware

Junior Certificate


The Junior Certificate is being replaced by the new Junior Cycle. This is happening on a phased basis starting with English which was examined for the first time in 2017. Business and Science follow in 2018 and the other subjects will be rolled out over the next two years.

This is an important change for both parents and students. More information can be found by clicking here and here and also by clicking the following links:

Circular 15_2017 New Junior Cert


In the three years up to the Junior Certificate examination, students at Clifden Community school normally take nine subjects in addition to Religious Knowledge, Physical Education, SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) and CSPE (Civic,Social and Political Education). All students are expected to take Irish unless formally exempted in accordance with the regulations set down by the Department of Education and Skills. They also take English, Mathematics, History, Geography and Science. Most students take French.

Currently, the remaining two subjects are taken from the following list of options – Art/Craft & Design, Business Studies, Home Economics, Materials Tech. (Wood), Metalwork, Technical Graphics. This list may change from year to year.

As part of the primary/second level transfer programme, incoming students will be asked to indicate in rank order on an “Options Form” a choice of subjects from the list of optional subjects. This ranking will be taken into account in determining the curriculum the student will be offered in September. While every effort will be made to meet requests, the final set of subjects will depend on the number of students requesting particular subjects, the availability of teachers and other school resources among other factors.

In all subjects there will be a maximum and a minimum number of places, and these places will be allocated using an objective set of criteria. An in-school taster programme or alternative process may be provided prior to a final decision on the option subjects. Failure to present the “Options Form” by the closing date will have implications for the allocation of subjects. Late applications will have a lower priority in the allocation and this may mean the loss of a preferred option in a situation where there is high demand for a particular subject.

The Board of Management and Principal may consider late applications for consideration based on availability of a place in an appropriate class and the reason for the lateness of the application.

In planning for the school year and offering places to students in subjects and classes a set of objective criteria is applied with the help of an objective instrument to data collected using the “Option Form” completed and signed by both student and parent.

Junior Certificate subjects currently offered

  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • French
  • CSPE
  • SPHE
  • Religion
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Technical Graphics
  • Materials Tech. (Wood)
  • Metalwork
  • Home Economics
Clifden Community School
Co Galway
HZ1 W673

095 21184

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