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Subject Choice

Leaving Certificate

Other Language

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

Magda Rogers - Polish
Magda Rogers - Polish
Hugh Cooney - Chinese
Hugh Cooney - Chinese

The State Examinations Commission provides examinations in a range of "non-curricular EU languages". These are languages which do not appear as part of the normal school curriculum, but students may opt to be examined in them, if they meet certain conditions, some of which are listed below. 

Recognised languages are: Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Modern Greek, Finnish, Polish, Estonian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Swedish, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Danish and Dutch.

The following are conditions students must meet:

  • Speak the language natively
  • Be taking Leaving Certificate English
  • Be taking only one non-curricular EU language
  • Be from a member state of the European Union
  • Have followed a programme of study leading to the Leaving Certificate

What kind of student would the Other Language option suit?

  • Students who can already speak the language and want easy points.
  • Students with a particular interest in a country's culture, history, and language.
  • Students who are considering working in a particular country or international relations in the future.

Recommendations/Tips

Check directly with your School, or with the Examination Section of the Department of Education and Skills.

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2018:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Higher Level Other Language exam in 2018.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the students who sat the Ordinary Level Other Language exam in 2018.

 

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Course Overview

Each language will have different requirements, please check with the State Examinations Commission here.

Course Content

Each language will have different requirements, please check with the State Examinations Commission here.

Exam Structure

Check directly with your School or with the Examination Section of the Department of Education and Skills.

Career Possibilities

Studying any language is a great foundation for the study of other languages leading to careers in the European Union, Translating, Interpreting, Sales, Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality, and Teaching.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Humanities

These subjects explore the ways in which humans live and communicate in the world. Human life is examined by looking at our past, our present and into our future. These subjects help people to express themselves clearly and develop their reasoning ability.

Required for 3rd Level?

While this subject is not a requirement for any CAO course, it can be used for language matriculation purposes for universities. Where a third* language is required, all languages available in the Leaving Certificate and all EU languages are acceptable for entry to NUI universities.

* A third language is any European/Modern language, other than Irish or English.

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Elaine MacDonald, Psychologist - Clinical

I like the way that the Irish school system allows students to study a variety of subjects to get a broad base.

I chose a range of subjects including languages (French and Spanish) which allowed me to make friends and really immerse myself in different cultures during my summers abroad.

I feel that Maths helped me to develop my logical mind, and prepared me well for learning to use statistics which are widely used in Clinical Psychology.

Biology was certainly useful to take in school and is relevant to Clinical Psychology because of its focus on how the human body works and how the brain functions.

English was also useful to the role of Clinical Psychologist as report writing skills are used across the board, and good ability to express yourself both verbally and in writing is very important.

I also feel that my involvement in school sports (hockey and swimming) was important in helping me develop into a person who enjoys being part of a team.

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Megan McEvoy, Dancer
Aside from English, Irish and maths I did music, French, art and chemistry. I did business studies until the Junior Cert but dropped it then. Although I didn't enjoy business studies I really wish I had kept it on as had I known that I'd be self-employed in the future it would have helped me greatly in terms of tax, loans, self-marketing and starting a business.

Essentially I am now running a small business by being self-employed. While I didn't use French and ended up living in Spain for 4 years I do feel having had a second language in school made picking up Spanish easier for me and I was really willing to learn it. Music of course has helped greatly in my career as there is nothing worse than a dancer who has no sense of musicality. Music has always played a big part in my life and many teachers have commented on my strong sense of musicality through dance.

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Kevin Moran, Insurance Administrator
As well as the mandatory Irish, English and Mathematics my leaving certificate subjects included French, Biology, Geography and Accounting.

This is a broad range of subjects covering everything from business to languages to science, this provided a broad base for me as it left a number of doors open for various university courses.

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