Subject Choice for Students in Bridgetown College
When making subject choices, students are encouraged to read the booklets given, to research online, to speak to subject teachers, to consult parents and important others, such as the guidance counsellor in considering their options.
In brief, it is proposed that, at the level of the Junior Cycle, the primary consideration in choosing a subject is a student’s liking for that subject.
It is also proposed that, in addition to Irish, English and Mathematics, the ‘safe range’ of subjects in Junior Cycle includes an additional language and Science.
For the Senior Cycle, it is proposed that, in addition to liking a subject, and having an aptitude for it students need to consider the entry requirements for their chosen career or course.
It is obvious that such consideration takes time for most students and that much information is required.
The Junior Certificate and Transition Year students have been given two booklets to read:
- Planning for after the Junior Certificate (Advice re subject choice / LCA/ TY / LC options and the
- Differential Aptitude Test (Explained)
The NCCA website at https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Senior-cycle is an essential resource for this purpose.
Also, students were asked to research the following websites:
Qualifax http://www.qualifax.ie/ ,
CAO http://www.cao.ie/ and
Careers Portal https://careersportal.ie/
as they also very useful in identifying course entry requirements.
Students can make an appointment with Ms. Browne Guidance Counsellor to discuss subject choice / other options.