This is a two year programme and the entry requirement is a good standard of achievement in the Junior Certificate examination or an equivalent examination.

Most students take seven subjects for examination purposes: Irish, English and Maths in addition to four optional subjects from the following list: Accounting, Agricultural Science, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics, Engineering, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music and Physics. These subjects are grouped in Teaching Blocks (TBs) and selections are made in consultation with teachers. All subjects may be studied at Higher Level (A: Árd) or Ordinary Level (G: Gnáth). Non-examination subjects include Religious Education, Physical Education (PE) and Career Guidance.