Almost all junior cycle students take courses leading to the Junior Certificate, the State examination taken at the end of the third year of junior cycle, when students are 15 years of age.Students will now be doing Classroom Based Assessments and Assessments tasks which is part of a continuous assessment process which will be reported on their Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement. Not all subjects have started their new curriculum yet. There are many changes with the new Junior Cycle and more information can be found on www.jct.ie.
While a majority of subjects are assessed as part of the Junior Certificate Examination, junior cycle also includes a number of subjects that are an important part of the curriculum, but are not formally assessed in this way. Including these subjects ensures that students get a broad, balanced education that introduces them to all the areas of experience relevant to the needs of learners at this age and stage of their development. Well-being is now a key part of the new Junior Cycle programme which includes Physical Education, Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE) and Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE).