The short course is a curriculum component in the new junior cycle. Short courses can developed by teachers to suit the specific needs and interests of their students in junior cycle. Short courses may be aligned either with the indicators for Level 3 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or with those for Level 2. Other agencies or groups can also develop short courses.
Short courses are designed for approximately 100 hours of student engagement and should emphasise students' active learning.