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What is the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)?

What is the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)?

The reporting process at junior cycle will culminate in the award of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) to students. During the years when students are studying subjects for which new specifications have been provided alongside existing Junior Certificate subjects, the results of the latter will be included in the JCPA. The JCPA will be awarded for the first time in autumn 2017. The JCPA will reward achievement across all areas of learning as is applicable to the student. This includes subjects, short courses, wellbeing, priority learning units and other areas of learning.

The JCPA will draw upon and report on achievement across all elements of assessment including ongoing, formative assessment; Classroom Based Assessments; and SEC results from state certified examinations and where applicable the Assessment Tasks. 

In the vast majority of cases, the JCPA will report on learning achievements that are broadly aligned with level 3 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). In the small number of cases, where students have followed Level 2 Learning Programmes, the priority learning units and the short courses aligned with level 2 of the NFQ.  

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