Transition year is offered to students who have completed the Junior Certificate. It is intended as a year of study which provides a transition between Junior and Senior cycles and gives students the opportunity to learn mature and develop. There is a strong emphasis on academic subjects.
To provide a transition between Junior and Senior cycles and to give student’s the opportunity to learn, mature and develop.
To introduce students to a new range of experiences beyond the scope of the traditional curriculum and thus encourage higher educational, occupational and life ambitions.
To create a positive approach to leaving school and give students an orientation to the world of work.
To develop study and research skills to enable students to become more effective learners and foster self-management skills.
English is a core subject. The study of English emphasises the development of a range of literacy and oral skills in a variety of domains, personal, social and cultural. Students learn to interpret, compose, discriminate and evaluate a wide range of materials. Students engage with the voice of literature, learn to dialogue critically with it and come to understand its significance and value.
Mathematics is a core subject. The study of Mathematics emphasises the development of a range of numeracy skills.
Irish is a core subject. The study of Irish emphasises the development of oral, aural, reading and writing skills and also gives students an insight into Irish literature.
French is suited to anyone with an interest in French culture, history, and language and/or those who may consider careers in France, Canada, international relations or International frameworks.
Students who are good at maths and science and are self- motivated learners. Students who scored well in Numeracy or Spatial Reasoning in their CAT 4 exam in TY. Students who are motivated to prepare for careers in high skilled global Knowledge Society ,
The science course is divided into 3 modules.
Module 1 – Biology
Module 2 – Physics
Module 3 – Chemistry
All involve basic theory and experimental work (where possible once the laboratories are completed.)(www.smartfutures.ie)
Students who performed well in this subject at JC and have a good standard of written work. Required aptitudes/skills are spatial awareness, ability and motivation for numerical interpretation, sketching and analysis of information.
Any student can prosper at History. If you like learning about how the world works, how world- changing decisions are made, researching projects as part of a team and using television as a way of learning about your recent past then History is for you. Any person who wants to be able to argue their point of view will be suited to the course. A student who wishes to make a real difference in the future must learn from the mistakes of the past
All students can be successful at Classical Studies. If you like Art, Philosophy, History, Drama, Literature, then there is something there for you. An interest in people of the past and what they teach us helps as does an ability to structure arguments. This will be practised through essay writing.
Music suits students with an interest in music and those who wish to pursue further studies in music or careers mentioned below. The syllabus provides continuity and progression from Junior Certificate Music-emphasising the integration of the three activity areas introduced at Junior Certificate level i.e. performing, listening and composing.
The ability to draw is the basic skill required for Art. A good command of the English language will help formulating Art History essays. Art is suited to students who are creative, who enjoy expressing themselves using visual media, enjoy history, developing ideas and enjoy learning by doing.[/su_spoiler]