Moving forward into the Senior Cycle is an exciting time of transition and a time when some major decisions have to be made by you. It’s important that you choose your subjects carefully as this could affect what you do in the future.
You might already know which subjects you enjoy or have some career ideas. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do in the future. As long as you choose a good balance of subjects now, it should leave all your options open. Just remember to consider all the facts and ask for help if you need it.
Subject choice is often regarded as a minefield. Course and entry requirements not checked by students can have serious consequences. It must always be pointed out to students that the onus is on them to check the requirements for each of the courses in which they have an interest and that they must put in the time necessary to research the consequences of taking or not taking any particular subject. To start with, students must consider the options open to them after the Junior Certificate. The implications of each option should be carefully studied to see which one suits one’s potential best. Apart from the advice available in school, Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) should be kept informed.
Who can help you? Your leading sources of information and guidance will be from your Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s), your Guidance Counsellor and teachers. Students who are a year ahead of you can give very helpful insights into what it is really like to study any particular subject. This information booklet has been compiled in consultation with your teachers to provide you with the main points of information you need to make a well-informed decision.
Other than the sources above there is a great deal of information available on-line and there is a list of useful websites to help you in the resource section of the booklet. Please use this booklet as a workbook and use the space provided to add your own notes gathered from your own research, from the Subject Choice Presentation and/or from discussions with your teachers.
The Staff and Management of Fingal Community College are proud to support you and wish you every success in choosing the right options at Senior Cycle.