Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle has been introduced on a phased basis since 2014 to replace the Junior Certificate. It places the student at the centre of the learning process. Students now have a broader range of learning experiences and there is an emphasis on developing a wider range of skills. September 2019 saw the final subjects being introduced.

Students at FCJ Secondary school study ten exam subjects, eight core subjects and two option subjects. These subjects follow the DES Junior Cycle Curriculum and are all examined at Junior Cycle. Students who have exemptions in Irish and/or French can avail of Learning Support at these times.

In addition students will undertake a number of non-exam subjects. These are the Wellbeing subjects. This is a school designed programme based on the needs of the students. It is designed to enhance promote and develop the six key indicators of wellbeing (see Wellbeing tab in main menu for more information).

To the right, you can access more information on the Junior Cycle subjects taught in FCJ Bunclody, by simply CLICKING the subject name.

At Junior Cycle in FCJ, students also study a number of Wellbeing (non-exam) subjects.

Wellbeing Subjects:

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)

Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)

Life Skills (Modular)


Physical Education (PE)

Exercise for Living

Pastoral Care

First Year Subject Choice