These courses enable learners to gain recognition for the achievement of considerable knowledge in a range of subject areas, as for example in the Leaving Certificate and one-year Post Leaving Certificate courses.
Courses may be academic or practical in focus, and awards that are recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to progression opportunities higher up in the framework.
The majority of people with certificates at this level are well prepared for occupations that involve using their knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include office secretary, customer service representatives, special needs assistant, retail salespersons and childcare workers.
Classical Studies is concerned with the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome in all their manifestations and focuses on their continuing influence on the modern world. It includes history, literature, art and architecture, drama and philosophy. Students who have studied Classical Studies at Junior Certificate level will have received a good introduction to the Graeco-Roman world. However, it is by no means essential for the study of Leaving Certificate Classical Studies.
Why Study Classical Studies
The ancient world is one of the foundations on which much of our European civilisation is based. This course enables the student to go back to the originals (in translation), and learn the stories and legends which inspired so much in art and literature for the next 2,000 years.
What kind of Student would Classical Studies suit?
Classical Studies is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. Classical Studies remains a choice for a very small proportion of students with less than 600 students sitting the papers last year.
Students are not allowed to take Classical Studies with Latin or ancient Greek.
All the textbooks are in English/Irish, so knowledge of Latin or Greek is not necessary. There is also no need to have done Classical Studies at Junior Cert.
There is no coursework / project work in this subject and final assessment consists of one essay-based three hour examination.
The Greek Drama section would be very similar to how pupils might study Shakespeare in English, and although the Ancient Epics were originally long poems, they are taught in prose form and are similar to adventure novels.
While the Alexander section is in the main part History, the Art and Architecture is really a mixture of so many of the different things which make classical culture so enduring.
Being strong in History and particularly English would be indicative that Classical Studies might be a good choice at Leaving Cert. However, all pupils can prosper in this subject purely because they find the material so interesting and it is this, above all else, which seems to be most important for pupils making a success of choosing Classical Studies.
Leaving Certificate Classical Studies is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels, through a written examination. There is no coursework / project work in this subject and final assessment consists of one essay-based three hour examination.
Students are required to answer 6 questions, doing at least one question from each of the four sections listed above.
Classical Studies offers different interests and and a foundation for many career pathways including: Teaching, Archaeology, Theology, Journalism and History among others.