Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle

Terence MacSwiney Community College provides a full range of subjects at Junior and Leaving Certificate levels for the young people of Knocknaheeny and the surrounding area.

Currently the Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP), Transition Year Programme (TY), Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCA), and Leaving Certificate Established (traditional Leaving Certificate) are available to second level students enrolled at the College.

Junior Cycle students at Terence MacSwiney take the Junior Certificate examination at the end of 3rd Year. The school offers a range of subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics, Geography, Material Technology (Wood), Music, Science, Business Studies, French, Chinese, Information Technology-Digital Media/Coding, Physical Education, History, Civil, Social and Political Education (CSPE), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), Guidance and Religion.

The Junior Cycle will include an area of learning entitled Wellbeing, ensuring our students develop into active, responsible, connected, resilient, respected and aware citizens. Students will also receive a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement, recognising their participation in the many other areas of learning we have here at Terence MacSwiney Community College.

Gaelcholáiste MhicShuibhne is an Apple iPad school with excellent IT facilities and technical support. Teachers and students use the iPad as a daily educational tool. We strongly believe that the use of modern technology greatly enhances the learning experience of our students and helps prepare them for life in the twenty-first century. The many apps give students a chance to learn in a very innovative and interesting way while developing their technological skills. The project has been very positive for students increasing their engagement with the curriculum and therefore improving their educational achievements, along with promoting their self-confidence and independent learning.

We were selected by the Department of Education and Skills to be a pilot school for the introduction of the new Junior Cycle short course in Coding which we run in collaboration with a large multi-national technology company located nearby.