School Programs

We offer the full Primary School Curriculum for pupils in the Junior school, and a wide variety of Second level programmes to our pupils at Second Level. In addition to this, we train our pupils in basic learning skills and study methods which will assist them in participating in selected examinations. We also help to develop skills for use at interview. We also provide a specific Life Skills programme which aims to enable our pupils to live as independently as possible.

JCSP - Junior Cert Schools Programme

The Junior Certificate School Programme is a national programme sponsored by the Department of Education and Science and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. It originated in the early school leavers’ programmes initiated by  the Curriculum Development Unit. Currently the programme is operating in over 240 schools throughout the country.


The Junior Certificate School Programme aims to provide a curriculum framework that assists schools and teachers in making the Junior Certificate more accessible to those young people who may leave school without formal qualifications. It attempts to help young people experience success and develop a positive self-image by providing a curriculum and assessment framework suitable to their needs. On completion of the programme students receive a profile which is an official record of their achievements  from the Department of Education and Science.

JCSP Subjects and Statements on offer in our school are as follows: English, Maths, History, ESS, Materials Technology (Wood), Basic Skills, Science, IT, Art, Music, Home Economics, S.P.H.E.,Physical Education along with a number of cross curricular statements.

Junior Cert - Junior Certificate Programme

Catherine McAuley School offers the Junior Certificate programme to its students. This programme is in two parts: The Junior Certificate Schools Programme: a modular programme where the students receive certification for the completion of assignments and acquisition of core skills in different subjects.


The Junior Cycle Examinations at Foundation, Pass and Honours Level depending on 
student ability are as follows:

EnglishPass, Hons
MathsFn, Pass, Hons
ArtPass, Hons
WoodworkPass, Hons
Home EconomicsPass, Hons
HistoryPass, Hons


LCA - Leaving Cert Applied Programme

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical programme with a strong vocational emphasis.  It is one of three Leaving Certificate options offered by the Department of Education and Science. It is delivered in 4 terms. Pupils are assessed on Key Assignments in subject modules, on seven Tasks completed over the two years and on final oral and written examinations. Pupils also attend at least 2 work experience placements.


Successful candidates are awarded one overall mark of either a Distinction, a Merit or a Pass. The subjects are divided into three broad areas:

 * = examination subject

Vocational PreparationVocational EducationGeneral Education
Vocational Preparation & GuidanceMaths Applications*Social Education*
  • English
  • Communications

Two Vocational Specialisms

  • Graphics & Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hotel Catering & Tourism
  • Horticulture

ATS Education

  • Art
  • Drama
  • etc
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
 * = examination subject


QQI Programme

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) was established in 2001 (then as FETAC) under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999 and replaced previous awarding bodies. It is the single, national awarding body for the further education sector in Ireland and is now responsible for making awards that were previously made by Cert.


QQI Certificates

Certificates are awarded for the achievement of major awards, where learners achieve the national standard in a prescribed range and number of component areas.

Component Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual blocks of learning, which can stand alone or build towards the achievement of a full certificate.

Special Purpose Certificates are awarded for the achievement of a group of prescribed blocks of learning, generally for specific, relatively narrow purposes.

Supplemental Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual areas of learning that are additional to a previously achieved major award.


Our school began this programme in 1998 when it was then called the NCVA awards. Over the last 20 years it has evolved into a major course framework in the school for many of our senior pupils (initially as FETAC and now as QQI). 

We provide modules from Levels 1 to 4.

QQI- Core Modules

Core Modules 




Music Appreciation Food and Cookery 
Personal Effectiveness Horticulture Computer Literacy 
Mathematics Craft Print Preparation for Work
 FrenchConsumer Awareness
 Health & FitnessPersonal Care & Presentation
 WoodcraftCaring for Children
 FrenchConsumer Awareness
 Food & NutritionPuppetry


Life Skills

Life skills are the most important transferable skills for adding value and meaning to the lives of children. Their lives will be more rewarding and productive if they can acquire important life skills from their learning activities. Some of the basic life skills required for living independent and productive lives include daily living, social, personal, and occupational skills.  

Daily living skills include grooming, table manners, cooking, using money, buying things in a store, and paying bills. These kinds of daily living activities can be taught by the parents at home and by teachers in school. In school, role-playing shops may be set up, allowing teachers to give children hands-on instruction on how to buy things. Teachers can also show children how to locate the lowest-priced item and the highest-priced item, determining the difference between the two. In this way, both parents and teachers can help pupils to learn how to handle some daily living tasks independently. 

Social skills include interaction with peers in the classroom as well as with others in society. Pupils are given adequate instruction concerning their behaviour in society. They are taught proper behaviour in public places, such as at parties, in banks, in a shop, and at a restaurant. Acquiring these skills may eventually help them to gain occupational opportunities in society.

It is very important for our pupils to develop independence and become productive in both their personal and public lives. When possible, teachers arrange the curriculum according to the unique desires and interests of different pupils. Occupational skills, such as sewing, playing music, and preparing and serving food, may be covered. Occupational skills are necessary to earn money and enjoy independent living.  

The practical experiences pupils have while trying out new things, applying their understanding to various tasks, and practicing their skills solidify learning. Knowledge gained may be of no use if the pupil does not know how to apply it or make use of it. Hands-on opportunities and continuing practice help to make the pupil's life more productive.

It is important to remind pupils and parents that what they are learning will be useful in their lives, encouraging them to sustain all their efforts until they reach their learning goals. The outcome of learning should then be the development of lifelong skills.