First year

In the first year students study:

  • English
  • Irish*
  • Maths
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Wellbeing (incorporating CSPE, SPHE and Physical Education)

(*unless your child has a Department of Education and Skills’ approved exemption).

First year students will also experience the following seven options:

  • French
  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • History
  • Technical Graphics
  • Geography
  • Woodwork
  • Music
  • Digital Media/Coding/IT

At the end of first year, your son will choose to study four of the above optional subjects for his Junior Cycle examinations.

Some students may also study Junior Cycle approved short courses ‘caring for your animal’ and ‘digital literacy’. (Two short courses are the equivalent of studying one subject).

In completing his Junior Cycle programme; students may choose to enter Transition Year or pursue the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.


Transition Year

Our Transition Year programme allows students to experience learning in new ways – at Deerpark CBS transition year is an active, student centred course which allows students time to grow, learn and mature before entering their final years of study with us.

On completion of Transition Year students may choose to enter the Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied Programmes.

Leaving Certificate

The Leaving Certificate is a two year programme (fifth and sixth year) culminating in the Leaving Certificate Exam – the majority of our students choose the Leaving Certificate programme.

All students in Leaving Certificate study English, Irish* and Maths (*unless your child has a Department of Education and Skills’ approved exemption).

Students also study four of the following options:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Design, Communication and Graphics (DCG)
  • Construction Studies
  • French
  • Business Studies
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Leaving Certificate Applied

Acceptance onto our TY, LCA and Leaving Certificate programmes are at the discretion of the school. Students must apply for a position on one of our senior cycle courses.