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What are short courses and what are they like?

What are short courses and what are they like?

Short courses are a new curriculum component in the junior cycle. They are designed for approximately 100 hours of student engagement and specified at a common level. The inclusion of short courses in a junior cycle programme will allow schools to broaden the learning experiences for students, address their interests and encompass areas of learning not covered by the combination of curricular subjects available in the school.
 
Eight short courses that are broadly aligned with Level 3 of the NFQ, have been developed by NCCA as outlined below:
  • Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Artistic Performance
  • Digital Media Literacy
  • Coding
  • Philosophy
 
Two short courses that are broadly aligned with Level 2 of the NFQ have been developed by NCCA as outlined below:
  • CSI: Exploring Forensic Science
  • A Personal Project: Caring For Animals 
These short courses are all available online at www.curriculumonline.ie.
 
Schools may opt to include short courses developed by the NCCA, or alternatively, short courses that have been developed either by the school or another organisation in accordance with a template and guidelines set out by NCCA.
 

 

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