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40 schools to sit Leaving Cert Computer Science Exam in 2020

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/01/2018. 40 schools to sit Leaving Cert Computer Science Exam in 2020Tags: Teachers Parenting

40 schools will be first to start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September.

Minister Bruton today announced that 40 post primary schools around the country will start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September and will be the first to sit an exam in the subject in 2020.

The introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject is part of the Government’s overall commitment to embed digital technology in teaching and learning. The society our children will grow up in, will be one which has been fundamentally transformed by new technology. Our education system must prepare our children to thrive in such an environment by equipping them with skills in creativity, adaptability and problem solving.

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. It also complements other curricular changes we are implementing such as introducing coding and computational thinking as part of the new maths curriculum for primary schools.

Computer Science for Leaving Certificate focuses on how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

Students will learn

  • Computational thinking
  • How to analyse problems in computational terms
  • Programming languages and how to read, write, test and modify computer programs
  • Creative design
  • Design computational artefacts such as web pages, digital animations, simulations, games, apps and robotic systems
  • The ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science, and how it impacts the social and economic development of society.
  • The 40 schools announced today will begin studying the subject from this September.

    Announcing the new subject, Minister Bruton said: “This is a very exciting time for education in Ireland. 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. It will teach them to be creative, adaptable learners. It will increase the number of students taking up computing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) courses and apprenticeships after school leading to a highly-skilled workforce. I’m delighted we were able to bring the introduction of this subject forward to this year as I think it is an important and timely addition to our education system”.


    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 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
    Stratford College
    1 Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
    Synge St CBS
    Synge St., Dublin 8
    Terenure College
    Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W




    (04/01/2018 22:55)

    Why only 40 schools and none in Meath??? My son is extremely interested in computing and would love to study this when he goes to secondary next yr. I think every school should be given the oppertunity and there should be no discrimination in education.


    (05/01/2018 11:04)

    Hi Kathleen
    The 40 schools announced are part of an initial pilot scheme. Schools were invited to apply to participate in the first phase of the subject's roll-out and Education Minister Richard Bruton has yesterday named the 40 that have been selected.
    The subject is due to be made available to all schools who wish to teach it from 2020 onwards.


    (05/01/2018 23:39)

    Do you know if the pilot will be extended beyond those 40 schools in 2019? My son starts 5th year in 2019 and he would really love if computer science was a subject option? We are in sligo. Thanks


    (10/05/2022 14:57)

    Where can I obtain a list of post-primary schools that offer computer science as a subject to students from 2022?
    Thank you!

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