Religious Education

This syllabus provides students with a framework for understanding the variety of religious traditions in Ireland and elsewhere.  It offers opportunities to develop an informed and critical understanding of the Christian tradition and seeks to develop in students the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other, or of no, religious traditions. It covers teaching and learning for the first, second and third years in post-primary school. It is assessed by examination at the end of third year at Ordinary and Higher Levels.  There are two assessment components – journal work (20%) and a terminal written examination (80%).

Note:  A new specification for Junior Cycle Religious Education will be introduced for first year students from September 2019 and assessed in 2022 for the first time.

Primary Senior Cycle