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40 schools to offer Computer Science

Starting in September this year, the 40 schools throughout the country will provide Computer Science as a Leaving Cert subject to fifth-year students.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced the 40 chosen schools to do Computer Science as a Leaving Cert subject in 2020. Schools were initially invited to put their name forward for the new subject and 40 schools were selected.

Starting in September this year, the 40 schools throughout the country will provide Computer Science as a Leaving Cert subject to fifth-year students. Minister Bruton also stated that it is the Department of Education’s intention that Computer Science will be available to all schools in Ireland by 2020.

The Department of Education has yet to decide if it will make the subject available for another cohort of students in 2019.

The first exam will take place during the 2020 Leaving Cert with 70% of the marks coming from the exam and 30% from a project done in school.

The course will focus on programming and computational thinking and the application of these skills to problem solving. It will also look at how computing impacts the world and focus on the historical, ethical, environmental and technological impacts on the development of society.

Students taking the subject 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 computation artefacts such as web pages, digital animations, simulations, games, apps and robotic systems
  • The ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science

 The 40 schools are as follows:

  • 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
  • Castleblayeny 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 – 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 Tuam – 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 – 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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