Academic Life

Parents and students, in their responses to questionnaires, were very positive with regard to the quality of the education provided in Coláiste Mhuire.

(WSE-MLL 2012)

New Junior Cycle

In 2012 the Department of Education & Skills published A Framework for Junior Cycle. Our new Junior Certificate curriculum is based on this framework and offers a broad range of subjects to cater for the varying aptitudes and talents of our students. The Curriculum is designed to develop the six Key Skills, Managing Myself, Staying Well, Communicating, Being Creative, Managing Information and Thinking and Working with Others and incorporates the 24 Statements of Learning outlined in the Framework document. Students will take nine subjects for assessment purposes. In addition, students may also partake in other non-examination subjects and short courses.


  • Irish
  • English
  • Project Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science


  • European Language (May be taken as an Exam Subject or as a Short Course)
  • Art
  • Business
  • Home Economics
  • Metalwork (Materials & Technology)
  • Materials Technology (Wood)
  • Technical Graphics


  • SCRATCH Computer Programming
  • Civic, Social, Political Education (CSPE)
  • Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)
  • Chinese Language & Culture


  • Religious Education
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Sports Education

Transition Year

Transition Year is currently* a one year optional programme, promoting the personal, social vocational and educational development of students and preparing them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. Transition Year provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning environment associated with the Senior Cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate Programme, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. (*The number of students opting for Transition Year continues to rise, therefore, in the future, it may become a programme for all students who have completed the Junior Certificate.)

Transition Year subjects include:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Project Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Sports Education
  • European language
  • Life Skills
  • Taster Modules in Leaving Certificate Subjects Transition Year programmes may include:
  • ·         Chinese Language & Culture ·         Oral Communication (English module)
    ·         Theatre Studies ·         Fáinne Ór
    ·         SCRATCH Computer Programming ·         Gaisce: “The President’s Award”
    ·         Young Social Innovators   (Y.S.I.) ·         Career Guidance: ‘Be Real’
    ·         Enterprise Education ·         Work Experience programme
    ·         TY Musical ·         Leadership Programmes
    ·         Log On, Learn ·         Mock Interviews
    ·         Digital Media Studies ·         School Bank
    ·         Gym & Swimming modules ·         Young Scientist
    ·         Retreat ·         Educational Tour

    Senior Cycle




    ·         Irish ·         ICT
    ·         English ·         Sports Education
    ·         Project Mathematics ·         Link Modules (LCVP)*
    ·         Religious Education ·         Career Guidance


    *Link Modules: All 5th year students study the Link Modules, Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education as part of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme. (LCVP). Eligible students may then choose to continue with LCVP in 6th yr.

    OPTIONAL SUBJECTS – Students Choose 4


    ·         Agricultural Science ·         French
    ·         Accounting ·         German
    ·         Art ·         Geography
    ·         Biology ·         History
    ·         Business ·         Home Economics (S&S)
    ·         Chemistry ·         Physics
    ·         Architectural Technology ·         Design & Communications Graphics
    ·         Engineering Technology

    NOTE: A broad range of subjects are offered to students in both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. Subject option bands are not pre-determined by the school, they emerge following an annual process whereby students pick from the full list and the school aims to satisfy the greatest number of students. Subjects are allocated depending on student interest and availability of resources.