This three year programme was introduced in Bridgetown College in September 1989. It replaced the Group Certificate and Intermediate Certificate programmes.
Students enrolling in First Year have usually completed 6th class in a primary school or an equivalent abroad and must be 12 years of age on 1st January of the year following enrolment.
Students study Irish, English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education, SPHE, CSPE and I.T. together, with four of the following subjects: History, Geography, French, Art, Technical Graphics, Music, Materials Technology (Wood), Metalwork, Home Economics, and Business Studies.
To cater for the needs and talents of individual students, Irish, English and Maths may be studied at three different levels: Higher Level (A: Árd), Ordinary Level (G: Gnáth) or Foundation Level (B: Bonn). Only students with an exemption recognised by the Department of Education and Skills can be excused from the study of Irish. All other new Junior Cycle subjects are studied at common level.