Junior Cycle


First Year Students get to taste the full range of subjects available, in order to better inform their future subject choices. First years take two European languages, German and French. Students decide at the beginning of October in First Year which subjects they wish to keep on. There is a broad range of subjects available to Students in Millstreet Community School:


Curriculum - Junior Certificate


The following subjects are taught to Junior Certificate level:

  • Visual Art

  • Business Studies

  • English

  • French

  • Gaeilge

  • Geography

  • German

  • History

  • Home Economics

  • Mathematics

  • Metalwork

  • Physical Education

  • Religious Education (R.E.)

  • Science

  • Graphics

  • Woodwork (Materials & Technology)

  • Wellbeing. This is an area of learning encompassing:

    • Physical Education

    • Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE)

    • Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE)

    • Guidance for Wellbeing

Students partake in all of the above subjects for the month of September, allowing them to identify their areas of interest and aptitude.

All Junior Cycle students in MCS study the following 7 exam subjects and are assessed over the course of the three year cycle: Gaeilge, English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, R.E.

All students study either French or German in Junior Cycle (this choice is currently made in October of First Year having had an opportunity to sample both).

Students are asked to express their interest in order of preference in the following subjects. They must study two from: Visual Art, Business Studies, Home Economics, Metalwork, Graphics and Woodwork. (Again, this decision is currently made at the beginning of October in First Year)

*All students in 2019-20 received their first two preferences of optional subjects and their first preference in language.

The Wellbeing area of learning is also reported on over the Junior Cycle. Please see below for further information on Wellbeing.

Find detailed information on subjects at curriculumonline.ie

The maximum number of subjects permitted at Junior Cycle is now 10. Therefore, it is no longer possible to study an extra subject outside of school for Junior Cycle.


Key Dates for CBA’s

Key dates for Junior Cycle including Classroom Based Assessments.




Student wellbeing is present when students realise their abilities, take care of their physical wellbeing, can cope with the normal stresses of life, and have a sense of purpose and belonging to a wider community.

The Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) provides for a new area of learning at Junior Cycle called Wellbeing. Wellbeing crosses the three years of junior cycle and build on substantial work already taking place in Millstreet Community School in support of students’ wellbeing. This area of learning is designed to make the school’s culture and ethos and commitment to wellbeing visible to students. It includes learning opportunities to enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of students. It enables students to build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and to their community. The Junior Cycle Wellbeing programme has begun with 300 hours of timetabled engagement in 2017 building up to 400 hours by 2020 as the new Junior Cycle is implemented fully in MCS.

The Wellbeing Area of Learning will also be reported upon during Junior Cycle and will feature on the student’s Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) which is awarded after the three years.