St. Mark's Community School

Junior Cycle


The junior cycle has changed and is continuing to change. The junior cycle places students at the centre of the learning process and allows new ways of learning that can be assessed broadly.

Further information for parents including details about Classroom Based Assessments (CBA) and the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) can be found at JC Information for Parents of Post-Primary Students

Junior cycle students study a combination of core and option subjects.

Our core subjects are; Mathematics, English, Irish, Science, History, Geography, CSPE, SPHE, PE and RE. These core subjects are studied by all students.
Students choose their optional subjects before starting first year in September. The availability of some option subjects may vary year to year depending on demand and availability of resources.

Our range of option subjects may include; Technical Graphics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Home Economics. Business, Music, Art, Coding, Financial Education, German, Spanish and French.

Changes to the Junior Cycle

The new junior cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills, and new approaches to assessment and reporting.

Phases JCT.png

The Framework for Junior Cycle

The Framework contains 24 Statements of Learning which are underpinned by 8 Principles.

Further details are available at

Key Skills are an important element of students learning at Junior Cycle. They help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in today's world.

The key skills are;

  • Being literate
  • Being numerate
  • Communicating
  • Managing myself
  • Staying well
  • Being creative
  • Working with others
  • Managing information and thinking


Art Business Studies CSPE English
French Gaeilge Geography German
History Home Economics Maths Music
PE Religious Education Science Spanish
Wood Technology Engineering Graphics Coding
22 2023
Last Day of the School Term
25 2023
Christmas Holidays
08 2024
School Re-opens
Follow us
Trinity Access Programme (TAP) hosts 6th Year Parents & Guardians Evening for students in DEIS schools on Wednesday, the 22nd of November from 6:00-7:30pm on Zoom.
Applications for First Year 2024 opens on October 2nd and closes on October 23rd. Application forms can be found here.
Answers to frequently asked questions and links to important documents can be found here.
St. Mark's Community School,
Cookstown Road,
Dublin 24,

01 451 9399

© 2023 St. Mark's Community School