Information leaflet for Parents on the new Junior Cycle Programme.

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Click on the links below to view a Powerpoint Presentation on the new Junior Cycle programme.


Parents Presentation final Part 1

Parents Presentation final Part 2

The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Award is replacing the Junior Certificate.  The JCPA will be compiled by Drogheda Grammar School adhering to a nationally determined format.  It will recognise student achievement, not solely through the State-Certified Final Examinations, but also through a range of other assessment modes and areas of learning.  Please see the leaflet and presentation above for further detailed information.

The Junior Cycle Curriculum in Drogheda Grammar School is delivered in Forms 1, 2, and 3. 

All pupils attend classes in the following subjects:

English; Irish; Mathematics; History; Geography; General Science;  Social, Personal, and Health Education (SPHE);  and Physical Education.

The first 6 of the above subjects will be presented by all pupils in the JCPA through classroom based assessments (CBA’s) in Forms 2 & 3 and through the JCPA Examination at the end of Form 3.

Three further examination subjects are chosen from the list below and studied until the end of Form 3.

Art, Craft, and Design
Business Studies
Home Economics
Technical Graphics
Applied Technology

Students will also complete 2 short courses in CSPE and Coding.


Wellbeing is a core part of a student’s Junior Cycle Experience and will now be recognised under the course title ‘Wellbeing’.  This area of learning includes, amongst others Physical Education (PE), Civic, Social & Political Education(CSPE), Social, Personal, & Health Education (SPHE) and Guidance and will be included on the JCPA Certificate from 2020.

We are currently in the process of reviewing the range of subjects and expect to add more choice to this list in the near future.


One of the unique elements of how we provide the Junior Cycle curriculum is how we offer the opportunity to study all of the option subject above in the first term. This allows our students to make informed educational decisions on which options they would like to choose.   They experience each subject for approximately 3 weeks and then at the end of October choose the subjects they wish to study for the remainder of the Junior Cycle.