English Junior Cycle Course Overview

As part of the Junior Cycle students will study the following:

  • A  novel, with on-going, sustained reading of novels throughout the year
  • A variety of drama extracts to suit appropriate learning outcomes
  • A variety of non-literary texts including texts in oral format
  • A number of short stories
  • At least 10 poems

In Second and Third Year students will study the following from the list of prescribed texts:

  • Two novels
  • Two drama*  texts 
  • *Note 1: An extract from a play or extracts from one or more plays may be used as one of the drama texts . The extracts may be chosen from outside of the list of prescribed texts . The extract or extracts selected by schools should provide students with a broad experience of the dramatic form.
  • *Note 2: Students intending to take the Final Assessment at Higher Level should study the full text of the prescribed Shakespearean drama during second and/or third year.
  • A film from the prescribed list of films
  • A variety of non-literary texts including texts in oral format
  • A selection of poetry (a minimum of 16 poems over the two years)
  • A number of short stories

The list for second and third year refers to specific texts in the case of novel, drama* and film. Other texts (poetry, short stories, non-literary texts ) are referred to by genre or type only and teachers have freedom to choose specific examples.

All students are now following the new Junior Cycle Programme. They will complete two Classroom Based Assessment, one in second year and one in third year, and one Assessment Task in third year. The outcomes of the CBAs will form part of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement that is awarded to students in the autumn following completion of third year.

More information about the new assessment methods used for English can be found here.