Subject Options at Junior Cycle


Crana College provides a varied curriculum for students, with a focus on encouraging active learning and enabling great accessibility for all needs at Junior Cycle. Please click on any subject to access the relevant specificaton.


Core Subjects 

Students study the subjects of Irish, EnglishMathematics, Science and History. Students also get the opportunity to study a vast curriculum, inclusive of the following subject areas:


Elective Subjects

In addition to the core subjects above, students get to choose to study two subjects from; 

Geography, Business and Spanish.


The Taster Programme

Crana College ensures that students get a taster of the practical subjects available in the school by offering an eight week taster programme to our first year students. After this, students choose two subjects from the following options:

Wood Technology, Visual Art, Music, Engineering, Coding, Home Economics, Applied Technology and Graphics



Wellbeing crosses the three years of Junior Cycle and it builds on substantial work already taking place in support of students’ wellbeing here in Crana College. It includes learning opportunities to enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of students. It also enables students to build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and to their community. Key subjects which the students study in this area include: 

Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE), Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE) and Physical Education (PE). 

Other activities, which promote wellbeing, are provided to students throughout Junior Cycle.   





Short Courses

We currently offer two Junior Cycle short courses in Crana College, as shown below. Please click here for more general information about short courses.

Digital Media Literacy 

Creating and sharing media in a digital environment has become an increasingly important feature of how young people communicate and engage with each other and with the wider world. Young people are actively manipulating digital media to participate in social and cultural life, to pursue their interests and to express themselves online. Through studying this digital media literacy short course, students will learn to use digital technology to engage in self-directed enquiry, to discriminate between multiple sources of information and to participate safely and effectively in an online environment.

Please click here for the specification. 


Computers are an everyday part of modern society. Software systems allow us to communicate, calculate, create, design, learn and play. Through gaining an understanding of how these digital systems work students will build up a bank of knowledge for use in the creation of their own programs. 

Please click here for the specification. 


Non Exam Subjects

Students also study IT and Religion over the course of the junior cycle, however these subjects do not involve a terminal assessment.



For a small group of students with special educational needs, Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) will be provided. The curricular components of L2LPs will enable the statements of learning, literacy and numeracy and other key skills to be become a reality for the students throughout their three-year junior cycle. Please click here for more information. 


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