• What is the New Junior Cycle known as? 


What subjects have changed so far?

September 2015: English

September 2016: Business and Science 

September 2017: Irish/Modern Languages/Visual Art

September 2018: Maths/Home Economics/Music/History/Geography  

September 2019: remaining subjects

  • What is Wellbeing?

New subject comprising of CSPE (similar to Civics)/SPHE (Social, Personal and Health education) and PE plus others –initially 300 hours over 3 years moving to 400 .  

  • Where can I see the subject specifications/curricula?

Subject specifications are online at  

  • Where else can I get information on the new Junior Cycle?          

  • What are the 8 key skills and 24 statements of learning feature spoke about in the new JCT?   

Across all subjects and across the school students should be given the opportunity to master 8 key skills and meet 24 statements of learning - click on the icons on the right for more information                                                                 

  • How many subjects do students currently study?

Between 8 and 10 as well as CSPE, SPHE and PE  

  • How many subjects will students study from September 2019 in Davis College?

8 subjects and 4 short courses in addition to Wellbeing (PE/SPHE/CSPE). 

  • What short courses are students studying in Davis College? 

            CSPE, SPHE, Digital Media and Communications and PE

  • What is a short course? 

         It is a course students follow. It does not have an exam but there is a Classroom                 based assessment involved.  Completion of the short course is recorded on the new           Junior Certificate known as the JCPA or 'Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement'

  • What are other areas of learning?

Activities that students are involved in that fit in with the 8 key skills and 24 statements. E.g. taking part in Model United Nations, helping organising a charity fundraising event in school etc.  

  • What is the minimum length of class period in Junior Cycle?

40 mins    

  • What is a CBA?

This is a Classroom Based Assessment. It allows students demonstrate skills ad concepts and their ability to apply them in ways that may not be possible in standard exams e.g. students may research a topic and make a presentation to the class. 

  • How many CBA take place per subject?

Two, generallyone in 2nd Year and one in 3rd Year  

  • Will all subjects have two CBAs?

No, some subjects where the creation of an item for correction is part of the exam e.g. Woodwork/Metalwork/Art, the second CBA will be linked to this project work.  

  • When do CBAs happen?

In class time and within a time frame set down nationally  

  • How are CBAs graded?  
      • Exceptional
      • Above Expectation
      • In line with expectations
      • Yet to meet expectations  
  • Who assesses the CBAs?

The teacher in question  

  • What is a SLAR Meeting?

Meeting of subject teachers to discuss the work of students and agree a standard. It takes place after the Classroom Based Assessment (CBA)  

  • What subjects might not have a SLAR?

Practical subjects that have produced a project for correction by the State exams commission  

  • What is an Assessment Task?

This is a classroom based exam worth 10% and is completed usually at the end of CBA 2 and is sent away with the final exam for correction

  • How will the final examination in June differ between Junior Cycle and Junior Certificate?

No exam will be over 2 hours in duration
Only Irish/English/Maths will have Higher and Ordinary  

  • What are the grade descriptors for SEC examinations?
      • Distinction
      • Higher Merit
      • Merit
      • Achieved Partially
      • Achieved Not graded    
    • How many days may a school close in 2019/20 for JC activities?

    2 days