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Religious Education (Non Exam)

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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.

Employment Opportunities
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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
Duration of course
Grades Awarded
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The optional framework for senior cycle religious education offers teachers a structure within which to plan a programme for senior cycle R.E. appropriate to students who are not taking R.E. as an examination subject for Leaving Certificate.

It complements the Leaving Certificate syllabus and guidelines. The framework has been designed with sensitivity to the variety of contexts in which it may be used and can be tailored to suit the particular ethos of a school. It is offered as an option for schools.

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Why Study Religious Education

It seeks to develop in students the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions.

The RE syllabus supports the development of the inquiry, thinking, and problem solving skills central to the Leaving Cert

What kind of student would Religious Education suit?

Religious Education suits the student with an enquiring mind - a student who is interested in history, current affairs, travel and culture and debating the meaning of life.


Although part of the time table in many schools, this is not an exam subject.

Religious Education is available as an examinable subject in some schools -  see relevant subject information.

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The following areas can be covered in this syllabus:

  • The Search for meaning,
  • Christianity,
  • Religious faiths in Ireland today,
  • Morality in action,
  • God talk,
  • A living faith - doing justice and celebrating faith.

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Summary of contents:

  • Section A - The Search for meaning
  • Section B – Christianity
  • Section C – Religious faiths in Ireland today
  • Section D – Morality in action
  • Section E – God-talk
  • Section F – A living faith – doing justice
  • Section G – Celebrating faith
  • Section H – Story

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This is not an exam subject – please see Religious Education - exam subject for full information and examination details.

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Possible future courses/career areas: Arts, Law, Journalism, Education, Teaching, Theology, Philosophy and Social Work

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