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Junior Cycle

New Junior Cycle Coordinator: 


In 2014, the new Junior Cycle was introduced into Irish schools.  Over the coming years your child will experience newly developed subjects and short courses and will find that their learning has a significant focus on key skills and wellbeing.  Your child will be on an exciting three-year learning journey which will also include new approaches to assessment and reporting.

Eight principles underpin the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015).  These principles form the basis of the development and implementation of Junior Cycle Programme in St Andrew's College. 

The 24 Statements of Learning

The learning at the core of the new junior cycle is described in twenty-four  Statements of Learning.  In St Andrew’s College, teachers are engaged in subject-planning as part of their commitment to ensure that all statements of learning, along with literacy and numeracy and other key skills, feature in the programmes for all Junior Cycle students. 

Key Skills

There are six Key Skills required for successful learning by students:-

  • Managing Myself
  • Staying Well
  • Communicating
  • Being Creative
  • Working with others
  • Managing Information and Thinking
Introduction of the new Junior Cycle Subjects

First Year 2016/17

First Year 2017/18

First Year 2018/19

  • English
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • Wellbeing
  • English
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • Wellbeing
  • Irish
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Visual Arts


  • English
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • Wellbeing
  • Irish
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Visual Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Home Economics

For information about each of the above subjects please click here.

The New Junior Cycle Grading System

As students commence study of subjects in the NJC, their reports shall reflect the new grading system.

Grade                                                         Percentage

Distinction                                              90 - 100

Higher Merit                                          75 - 89

Merit                                                           55 - 74

Achieved                                                   40 - 54

Partially Achieved                               20 – 39


Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)

The JCPA will be issued by the College and will include information on:-

  • Classroom based Assessments: subjects & short courses
  •  Grades received in subjects (includes Assessment Task & Final exam)
  •  Other Areas of learning – Extra curricular / Co-Curricular activities
  •  School will produce Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement for each student

This is an example of the JCPA.