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Computer Science Subject to be added to Leaving Cert Curriculum

    Computer Science Leaving Cert Subject

    Computer Science Leaving Cert SubjectMinister for Education, Richard Bruton has announced that 40 post primary schools around the country will start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from September 2018 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. This announcement is one of a range of actions being taken in this area, as outlined in the 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 being implemented 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 September 2018 and 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