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.
Leaving Certificate technology provides students with the knowledge and skills associated with technology education. Students apply their knowledge and skills creatively in a design-based approach to solving everyday technological problems, mindful of the impact on natural resources and on the environment.
The syllabus comprises core areas of study, which are mandatory, and five optional areas of study, from which students choose two.
Why Study Technology?
What kind of Student would Technology suit?
Students do not need to have taken Technology at Junior Cert to do this course. It would however be an advantage if students had taken one of Tech Drawing, Wood Technology or Technology, as this subject consolidates, extends and refines knowledge, skills and techniques acquired at Junior Cert. level in these subjects.
Within the Leaving Certificate, technology education is provided through the subjects of Engineering, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics, and Technology, thereby providing progression from junior cycle.
These subjects contribute to a broad, balanced and general education of students, with particular reference to their vocational, further education and training aspirations, on completion of the Leaving Certificate.
At a practical level, the technology subjects at senior cycle share a number of common features. The syllabuses:
The core of the programme is a broad general introduction to the nature of technology that provides students with a consolidation, extension and refinement of the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired in the Junior Certificate. It is intended that all elements in the core are learned in an integrative manner by means of a 'design and make' approach in the context of safety and the impact of technology on society.
The optional modules allow students to undertake a more in-depth study of specific elements within the core. Each student will study two options in addition to the core. Reference should be made to the syllabus document for more detailed information.
Electronics and Control
Applied Control Systems
Information & Communication Technology
Technology is assessed by means of a terminal exam and a project – both are equally weighted, 50% each.
Terminal Exam – 50% marks
At both Higher and Ordinary levels, the terminal exam is made of two sections:
Section A: Core
Section B: Options.
Project – 50% marks
Students will be required to undertake a project, based on a specified thematic brief and within stated parameters. The project involves the design and production of an artefact and an accompanying folder. The project should integrate the various elements of the study of technology and should represent the highest standard of knowledge and skills attained by the student. The folder should reflect all stages of the student’s work from design to realisation, and should include an overall evaluation.
Technology gives students a basic understanding of the principles of engineering, design and project management. If you enjoyed the technology programme at Junior Cert level, and like hands-on activity, this subject may develop an interest in a career in engineering or technology.