Subject Option Information

Incoming students in 1st Year

There are 5 core subjects for students entering 1st Year in 2023 – Irish, English, maths, history and science*. They will also study SPHE, CSPE & PE as part of the Wellbeing curriculum as well as religion, computers & social studies. Prior to starting in BCS students will choose 4 subjects from the list of Option Subjects here:

  • Visual art
  • Business studies
  • Geography
  • Home economics
  • Engineering
  • Music
  • Graphics
  • Wood technology

*Science will not be a core subject for 1st Years in September 2024.

All students will complete a ‘Taster’ period of French & German for the first 5 weeks of the school year (5 classes with each language). At the end of this 5 week period each student will decide which language they wish to continue with until the end of 1st Year giving them a total of 5 Option Subjects.

2nd & 3rd Year

Students will continue with their core subjects (Irish, English, Maths, History) as well as SPHE, CSPE, PE and Religion. Prior to starting in 2nd Year, students will be required to indicate which 5 of their 7 Option Subjects they wish to continue with for Junior Cycle. Irish, English & Maths will be available at Higher and Ordinary level while all other subjects will be Common Level.

5th Year Options Information

Here at BCS, we have compiled an information booklet that should help to inform you when making decisions about Leaving Certificate subjects. Added to this we hold a 5th Year Information Evening in January/February where you and your parents/guardians can ask subject teachers any questions you might have about specific subject areas.

Download: 5th Year Subject Choice Booklet