Junior Cycle Curriculum

St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross offers a three year Junior Cycle Programme leading to the Junior Certificate Examinations of the Department of Education and Science.

Students in First Year classes take a broad range of subjects, including Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.) and Physical Education (P.E.). First year classes are divided alphabetically and are of mixed ability. At the end of First Year, students opt for either History or Geography in Second Year.
All subjects are taught to Honours Level.

  • Subjects for Junior Cycle:

    Religious Education
    Civic,Social and Political Education
    Physical Education
    Social, Personal and Health Education

  • Other subjects offered:

    Technical Graphics
    Home Economics
    Business Studies

1st Year students have the opportunity to sample these subjects for a four week period before making a final choice, at Halloween.

  • The College is currently developing short courses in Problem Solving Maths and Computer Programming as part of the new Junior Cycle.

     St Patrick’s Lacken Cross is leading the way in offering students a chance to study Problem Solving and Computer Programming at Junior Cycle. The new changes to the Junior Cycle are offering students a chance to develop their interests and abilities. The new Junior Cycle aims to incorporate 6 key skills into the school’s core curriculum and through a range of new short courses. ‘Key skills help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world. They also support students in learning how to learn and to take responsibility for their own learning’1.  These short courses are being created by teachers, using the strengths of each individual school. At St. Patrick’s College Lacken Cross we are offering students the chance to take two new courses, Problem Solving and Computer Programming for Junior Cycle.


    What is Problem Solving?
    • Independently solving problems.
    • Core element of new maths syllabus.
    • Supports a range of subjects such as Science and Business Studies.
    • Key skills for an ever-changing world.

    What is Programming?
    • Development of Apps.
    • Robotics.
    • What makes computers work?
    • Game Development.

    What is Applied Maths?
    • Key subjects for many disciplines such as Engineering, Medicine, Science, Finance and Political Studies.
    • Crucial for Engineering and Architecture.