Computer Science Subject to be added to Leaving Cert Curriculum

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

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