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Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle programme in St. Kevin’s Community College covers the first three years of post-primary education and is based on the Framework for the Junior Cycle (2015) published by the Department of Education.

The Junior Cycle places the student at the centre of the learning process. It allows for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be properly assessed. Underpinning the new junior cycle are a set of principles, key skills and statements of learning. These will ensure that your child receives a rich educational experience that has both breadth and depth. Your child will have access to a varied curriculum of knowledge, understandings, skills and values.

Principles of Junior Cycle

Eight principles underpin the framework for junior cycle. These inform the planning for, as well as the development and implementation of, junior cycle programmes in all schools. The eight principles of junior cycle are:

Learning to learn

Engagement and Participation

Choice and Flexibility

Continuity and Development


Inclusive Education

Creativity and Innovation


Key Skills

There are also eight key skills, as shown below, which your child will develop as part of the junior cycle course.


Statements of Learning

The learning at the core of the Junior Cycle is described in 24 statements of learning. Schools must ensure that all statements of learning, along with the key skills, feature in the programmes of all junior cycle students.

To access the statements of learning please click here

Subjects in Junior Cycle

Students take all core subjects for the three years of Junior Cycle. First Sear students sample all optional subjects in a taster module in the first 6 weeks of the school year. After this period students select any three subjects to take to Junior Cycle.

During the sampling period students study French and Spanish, all students select a mimimum of one language for Junior Cycle, we endeavour to facilitate those students who wish to study French and Spanish each year.

Students may choose a maximum of two 'practical subjects' from the list.

Core Subjects

  • Gaeilge
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French or Spanish
  • History
  • S.P.H.E
  • C.S.P.E.
  • World Religion & Culture
  • Physical Education.

Optional Subjects

  • Art
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Home Economics
  • Music
  • Wood Technology
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A wonderful evening celebrating achievement in St. Kevin's
Some phenomenal pieces created by our talented Transition Years
Our Junior Cycle class of 2023 collected their results this afternoon.
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