1st Year Parents: What kind of students suit each subject?


Form I: Subject Choice Guidance

Elective Subjects and Frequently Asked Questions

Elective JC Subjects What kind of student does this subject suit? What are the benefits of this subject?
Technical Graphics

Technical Graphics is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. In Technical Graphics you will learn how to represent 3-D objects on paper and on computer. You will develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of graphical problems.

Students who enjoy a mix of a practical and theoretical content, are good problem solvers, like designing.



·         Technical Graphics helps you to think in a more logical and creative way.

·         You will be able to communicate information using diagrams and sketches.

·         You will have learned how to present information in a neat and organised fashion.

·         This subject becomes Design and Communication Graphics in Senior Cycle.

·         This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as architecture or engineering.

Materials Technology (Wood)

Materials Technology Wood (MTW) is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. In MTW you will learn to design small projects and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make your designs. You will work mainly with wood but also with other materials. You will learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.


Students who enjoy a mix of a practical and theoretical content.


·         You will know the correct procedures to follow when developing an idea into a finished artefact e.g. a piece of furniture or a child’s toy etc.

·         You will be able to identify different trees, recognise their importance to us and our environment

·         You will also have the skills to make objects from wood and know how to apply appropriate finishes to them, e.g. paint, varnish, stain or polish

·         This subject becomes Construction Studies in Senior Cycle. The LC exam is 50% practical.

Business Studies

The syllabus has three strands:

Personal finance – In this strand, you will learn about managing your finances, responsible consumer behaviour and the value of using resources ethically and efficiently for the benefit of individuals and society.

Enterprise – In this strand, you will learn about being enterprising, the functions of an organisation and the business environment.

Our Economy – In this strand, you will learn about the demand and supply of goods and services, the role of the government in managing the economy, and about economic issues such as trade, employment and Ireland’s membership of the European Union (EU).

Students who can understand and recall information such as definitions and functions within a business environment. Includes some Accounting. Honours Maths is not required. ·         Business studies encourages you to develop an appreciation of how people’s lives are shaped by economic and social factors.

·         You are enabled to make informed decisions, to better manage your personal financial reso

·         urces and to be adaptable, creative and enterprising.

·         Provides a foundation for subjects such as Accounting, Business Studies and Economics.

German Students who enjoy languages and a more methodical approach to learning. Students are examined on aural, oral and written skills. ·         Oral/ Aural exams can make up 55% of the total.

·         Currently provides career opportunities in combination with I.T. and business courses, in particular.


Music is an important part of everyone’s life. In Junior Certificate Music, you will sing and possibly learn how to play an instrument. You will listen to many types of music such as pop, classical and traditional Irish music. You will also start composing.

Students who enjoy a mix of a practical and theoretical content. Students do not have to be able to read music or play a musical instrument to take up this subject. ·         Tuition available in certain instruments after school

·         Students can choose their own balance of theory and practical for the Leaving Cert exam. Honours rates remain high.

·         Some people may even decide to take up a career in music in areas such as education (teacher, lecturer), business (sound engineer, lyricist, reviewer, therapist) and performance (composer, performer, conductor).



In Art, Craft, Design you will have the opportunity to create images and objects using a variety of tools, materials and special equipment. To understand Art, Craft, Design it is important to make things yourself so that you learn and understand by doing.

Creative, visual and hard-working students who enjoy a mix of a practical and theoretical content. ·         Many of the skills you learn while studying Art, Craft, Design are very useful outside of school and in whatever job you choose to do in the future.

·         There are career opportunities – areas such as: photography, illustration, interior/industrial/fashion design, education and architecture. It is considered as very useful for architecture.

Home Economics

Home Economics is a subject where you will learn how to take care of yourself, others, your home and your environment. As Home Economics is a very practical subject, you will carry out a lot of activities in school and at home.

Students who enjoy a mix of a practical and theoretical content. ·         In Leaving Certificate Home Economics you will study the core areas in greater detail: Food Studies; Resource Management and Consumer Studies; Social Studies.

·         Home Economics is considered a Science subject for some 3rd level Science courses.





Where can I get further information on Core and Elective subjects?

There is a section for 1st Year Parents on the ‘BGS Guidance’ website. It covers the Junior Cert subjects in more detail. It can be found on www.bandongrammar.ie or just by searching in Google.


Why must students study French or Spanish?

A third language is required for many 3rd level courses. The large oral and aural parts (up to 55%) of the Junior Cert exam gives students with language difficulties a better chance of succeeding. In many cases these students will be exempt from spelling and grammar.


How can students decide between two similar languages such as French and Spanish?

All students studying a language will have a chance to experience both French and Spanish for three weeks each and will then decide which language they prefer.


What if my child is exempt from Irish?

Where applicable, Learning Support and Resource classes will be provided during this time. They are welcome to continue with the study of Irish if they wish. They will be exempt from spelling and grammar if they have a specific learning disability.


What if my child is exempt from the study of a 3rd language?

During French and Spanish, they will have the opportunity to study another subject. However, we would encourage all students to try a new language. In most cases, they will be exempt from spelling and grammar if they have a specific learning disability.


Who do I talk to if my child has a specific learning difficulty or is really struggling in school?

The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator reviews the reports of all incoming students with SLDs prior to entering the school and allocates resource hours on a needs basis. The Learning Support Co-Ordinator provides support classes in groups for students who might just be struggling with their schoolwork.





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