Leaving Certificate Established


The Leaving Certificate (Established) is a two-year programme that aims to provide learners with a broad, balanced education while also offering them a chance to specialise towards a particular career option.

Students following the programme are required to study at least five subjects, one of which must be Irish. In general, students take five or more subjects (usually seven) for examination. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level. Two subjects, Irish and Mathematics, can be studied at Foundation Level. Foundation Level is geared to the needs of students who might have difficulty with those subjects at Ordinary or Higher Level.

At Fingal Community College there are three core subjects; Irish, English and Maths. It is also compulsory to pursue your studies in a Modern Language (French or German). The student must then choose their three option subjects.


Each Leaving Certificate Subject belongs to a subject group as shown in the table below. Home Economics is classified under two subject groups:

 
Core Subjects
  • Gaeilge
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
Languages Group
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
Science Group
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Business Studies Group
  • Accounting
  • Business
Applied Science Group
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Construction Studies
  • Engineering
  • Design and Communication Graphics
 Social Studies
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics

 

In addition to these subjects, the State Examinations Commission will provide examinations in any of the recognised languages of the European Union, where the status of the applicant/candidate is seen as appropriate.

In the past Fingal Community College has facilitated students who wish to sit a Leaving
Certificate examination in their native language (e.g. Russian, Polish, Portuguese)