New Leaving Cert subject to be rolled out this September 1 year ago

New Leaving Cert subject to be rolled out this September

40 schools around Ireland will kick it off.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton has announced that Computer Science will become a new Leaving Cert subject starting this September. 40 schools around Ireland will have Computer Science as part of their curriculum and will be the first schools to sit an exam on the subject in 2020.

Today’s announcement is one of a range of actions the Minister is taking in this area, as outlined in his STEM strategy and Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland the best education and training service in Europe by 2026.

Students will learn about programming languages and how to read, write, test and modify computer programs. They will also be taught computational thinking, creative design and how to analyse problems in computational terms.

Students will also learn how to design computational artefacts such as web pages, digital animations, simulations, games, apps and robotic systems.

Announcing the new subject, Mr Bruton said: "There is a digital revolution taking place which is having a transformative effect on our economy, workplace, and lifestyle. In order to be the best in Europe, our education system must respond to these changes. The introduction of this new subject will teach our young people flexible, solution orientated thinking."

The 40 participating schools are listed below.

Abbey Vocational School The Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
Adamstown Community College Station Rd, Adamstown, Co. Dublin
Breifne College Cootehill Rd, Cavan, Co. Cavan
Bush Post Primary Riverstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Carrigaline Community School Waterpark, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
Castleblayney College Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Christ King Girls Secondary School Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork
Clongowes Wood College Clane, Co. Kildare
Coláiste an Chraoibhin Duntaheen Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Coláiste Bríde New Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Coláiste Chiaráin Croom, Co. Limerick
Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Coláiste na Ríochta Listowel, Co. Kerry
Colaiste Phadraig Roselawn, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Coláiste Pobail Setanta Phibblestown CC, Phibblestown, Dublin 15
Creagh College Carnew Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Dominican College Sion Hill Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Ennistymon Vocational School Ennistymon, Ennis, Co. Clare
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Corcaigh
Le Chéile Secondary School Hollystown Road, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15
Loreto College Swords, Co. Dublin
Luttrellstown Community College Mill Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Mayfield Community School Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Cork
Moate Community School Church Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath
Mount Sion CBS Barrack Street, Waterford
Mount Temple Comprehensive Malahide Road, Dublin 3
Presentation Secondary school Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Rice College Castlebar Road, Westport, Co. Mayo
Sacred Heart Secondary School Convent of Mercy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Saint Eunan's College Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
St Aidan's Comprehensive School Cootehill, Co. Cavan
St Brigids Mercy Secondary School Convent Of Mercy, Tuam, Co. Galway
St Joseph's Secondary School Convent Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin
St Mary's CBS Millpark Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
St Vincent's Secondary School Seatown Place, Dundalk, Co. Louth
St. Finian's Community College Swords, Co. Dublin
Stratford College 1 Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Synge St CBS Synge St., Dublin 8
Terenure College Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W