All students take the following subjects to examination level:
Irish- unless student has exemption from Department of Education & Skills, English and Maths LCVP (if students have the subject combinations required by Department of Education & Skills.
They also choose four of the following, (one must be French, German, Spanish or Geography): French, German, Spanish, Geography, History, Art, Business, Accounting, Economics, Home Economics, Music, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design Communication, Graphics, Agricultural Science or Construction Studies.

Students make further subject choices before the start of 5th Year. The greatest possible level of choice is given to students, subject to resources and availability. Preference will be given on a first come first served basis, where there are limits on class size. Preference regarding subject choice is given to students currently enrolled before students applying for enrolment. Changes in subject choice are permitted when there is available space in the subject- this is subject to the approval of the Principal/Deputy Principal. Irish, English and Maths are organised into higher and ordinary level groups. The decision regarding assignment of students to classes is made by the Principal/Deputy Principal.

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Modern Foreign Languages

Students can opt for French, Spanish or German at Leaving Certificate.
The syllabus aims to develop learners’ communicative skills in the Spanish, to develop their strategies for effective language learning and raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity.
Assessment is by means of a written examination, and an aural and oral examination at two levels; Ordinary level and Higher level.

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Biology

Biology is the study of life. Through the study of biology students explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. They become aware of the use of living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the environment.

The Leaving Certificate Biology syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.

Physics

Leaving Certificate Physics aims to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles of physics and their application to everyday life. It offers a general education in physics to all students, enabling them to develop an understanding of the scientific method and their ability to observe, to think logically and to communicate effectively. Science technology and society (STS) is an integral part of the syllabus so that students can be aware of the principles of the applications of physics in the everyday world.

This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

Chemistry

Leaving Certificate chemistry aims to provide a relevant course for students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level while, at the same time, providing a foundation course for those who will continue to study chemistry or a related subjects following completion of their Leaving Certificate.

This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.

Home Economics

Leaving Certificate home economics provides students with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work. The learning experiences in home economics develop flexibility and adaptability in students, prepare them for a consumer-oriented society and provide a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism.

This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

Art

Art at senior cycle allows students to further develop their creativity with a focus on self expression and the development of individuality through creativity.
70% of the course is focused on practical work with students exploring a range of mediums developing their knowledge from Junior Cycle.

The other 30% focuses on visual culture; students will learn about the contemporary world of art along with the historical and how this impacts our world today.

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Tech Graphics

Woodwork

Business

Religion

While Senior Cycle Religious Education is not an exam subject in Coláiste Muire, it is still an important part of school life at Senior Cycle. Our course aims to continue to develop the values that were established at Junior Cycle level and facilitate dialogue about topics such as social justice, climate justice, diversity, faith in Ireland today and their own faith development. We also link in with some of the Liturgical celebrations throughout the school year and our Senior Cycle classes take pride in being involved in Parish events such as Ash Wednesday, Women’s World Day of Prayer, the Advent Tree of Thanksgiving and the Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. In Senior Cycle we also carry out charity work raising vital funds for charities and global causes, for example Cobh Community Hospital, Syria and Turkey, Ukraine and local charitable causes.

Whole School celebrations of Faith:

  • Annual School Mass in St. Colman’s Cathedral
  • Graduation Prayer Services
  • Catholic Schools Week every January
  • Celebration of Feast Days connected to Edmund Rice and Catherine McAuley, the Presentation
  • Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy.
  • November Remembrance Tree
  • PBST Christmas Card-December 2022
  • RTE Mass- May 2022

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Business

Leaving Certificate business creates an awareness of the importance of business activity and develops a positive and ethical attitude towards enterprise. The learning experiences in business develop students’ critical thinking, creative and organisational skills while enhancing literacy and numeracy skills using real-life examples. Business provides students with a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in business, marketing, law, enterprise and management.

This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.

History

Leaving Certificate history deals with the experience of human life in the past. The study of history involves an investigation of the surviving evidence relating to such experience. It brings students into contact with human experiences that are often very different from their own and fosters their developing understanding of the human condition and human motivation. Through its focus on the evaluation of evidence, it contributes significantly to the development of students’ skills of critical thinking. Through its focus on research, it allows students the opportunity to develop their
skills of independent learning.

Leaving Certificate history is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level. There are two assessment components: a research study report (submitted prior to the examination) and a written examination.

Construction Studies

Leaving Certificate construction studies provides students in the senior cycle of post-primary education with an introduction to the knowledge and skills involved in construction technology and construction materials and processes. Students develop their ability to communicate ideas and information and to apply accurate observation and scientific investigation through exploring materials and processes.

Construction studies is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level, by means of a written examination, a practical test, and an assessment of student project work.

Design & Communication Graphics

Leaving Certificate design and communication graphics involves comprehending, analysing and communicating information presented verbally or graphically. Problem solving and creative thinking skills are developed through the analysis and solution of problems in both two and three dimensions graphics. Graphics and design are communicated using a variety of media, including computer-aided design (CAD). The main areas of study are: Plane and Descriptive Geometry, Communication of Design and Computer Graphics, and Applied Graphics.

Design and Communication Graphics is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level, by means of two assessment components: a student assignment, of which CAD forms a significant and compulsory element, and an examination paper.