This may be the first time you have the chance to choose which subjects you want to study. It’s important that you choose your subjects carefully, as getting the right mix of subjects will affect your future in school, at third level and in the work force.
Make sure to choose your favourite subjects. If you are good at a subject it will come naturally to you, and if you enjoy it, you will excel at it.
It is also vital that you take into account future college and career paths and ensure that when it comes to applying for higher education you are not caught out because you did not study a particular subject at Leaving Certificate level. Organise a meeting with your Guidance Counsellor who will have knowledge of the subject requirements necessary to gain entrance into particular college courses. Get advice from the teacher of the subject and ask them what the syllabus covers. Speak to other students who have studied the subject and browse the textbooks to see if they appeal to you.
After all the advice you have to make your own decision.
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If you have yet to look at the Minimum Entry Requirements for Third Level Courses then you should take some time here ...
Some good advice on Subject Choice here ...
A quick Internet search will give you lots of material on any of the Senior cycle subjects. This site has several articles on LC Subjects, click here to view them ...
The most important reason for taking a subject is to increase your knowledge in that area. If you pick a subject for other reasons it will be difficult to keep up your enthusiasm for it over the next two years.
A Career decision is still a long way off but decisions now can have big implications later. This is a matter to discuss with your Guidance Counsellor and parents.
Many LC subjects have their equivalents in the Junior Cert. If you really liked an area in the Junior Cert then perhaps you should seriously think of doing it in the Leaving Cert too.
Borrow a textbook on the subject and take a little time to look into some of the material. Even if there is a lot you do not fully understand it will still give you a taste of what would be involved if you choose to take it on for the Leaving Cert. Make up your own mind once you are informed.
Advice from someone who actually teaches the subject in the Senior Cycle is important. Ask them lots of questions.
Students who are already doing the subject are a valuable source of information. They can advise on the reality of studying the subject in the areas of content , homework etc. Ask them questions!
When selecting your subjects for Leaving Cert one of the important items to consider is the Minimum Entry Requirements for CAO Courses. To gain entry to any CAO Course you have to get enough points and also may have to have done certain subjects to a specific level. You must also have the particular academic entry requirements (also called matriculation requirements) for the course you want to take.
You can this out in a module in Qualifax. Subject Requirement module is here ...
There is further information about this on the NUI website here ...