The Junior Certificate

/The Junior Certificate
The Junior Certificate 2020-10-22T13:59:39+00:00

The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, intellectual, moral, physical, political, social and spiritual for personal and family life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.

The Junior Cycle programme is designed to meet the needs of all students in second level education.

The Junior Cycle Programme aims to:

  • reinforce and further develop a young person’s knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at primary level
  • extend and deepen a young persons educational experience;
  • prepare the young person for the requirements of for their programmes of study, of employment or of life outside full-time education
  • contribute to the moral and spiritual development of the young person and to develop a tolerance and respect for the values and beliefs of others
  • prepare the young person for the responsibilities of citizenship, in the national context, and in the context of the wider European and global communities

The Junior Cycle Programme is based on the following principles:

Breadth & Balance

At this stage of their school careers, all students should have a wide range of educational experiences. Particular attention must be given to reinforcing and developing the skills of numeracy and literacy. Particular attention should also be given to social and environmental education, science and technology and modern languages.


Curriculum provision should address the immediate and prospective needs of the young person.


Every young person should be challenged to achieve the highest possible standards of excellence, with due regard to different aptitudes and abilities and to international comparisons.