First Year Subject Choice

The following subjects are compulsory in First Year in St Paul’s College and are not chosen by students – CSPE, English, Geography, History, Irish (unless exempt), Maths, PE, RE, Science and SPHE. This booklet gives details about all the optional subjects only and is designed to help you decide which of these optional subjects would be best for you. As a general rule, the subjects you should choose should be ones that you think you will be good at and that you will enjoy . The full list of optional subjects is Art,  French,  German, Music, Spanish, Technical Graphics, and Woodwork. They are divided into two groups, languages and practical subjects.  These subjects are described on the page below.

Languages Option

Practical Subject Options

Student will choose one Language and one Practical Subject from the selection below

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One of the major languages of the world, German is the first language of almost 100 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union. It is the official language of  EU, spoken by the three (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) most important economies .  It shares more words with English than most other languages. Germany has a great need for skilled workers to speak both English and German. In the light of Brexit it will be more important for Irish people to speak the language.

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Woodwork would suit students who might like a subject with a large practical element. It is not necessary for students to study Technical Graphics for the Junior Cert, but obviously this subject would benefit the student. Students who like working with wood and using their hands would enjoy this subject. This subject does not progress to Leaving Cert in  St Paul’s.

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French is spoken as a first language by around 136 million people worldwide. A total of 500 million speak it as either a first, second, or foreign language. Moreover, some 200 million people learn French as a foreign language. French speaking communities are present in 56 countries and it is the official language of over 30 countries. With English, it is the second official language of the EU. French is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

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This subject would suit students who have a love of drawing and problem solving. Being able to draw neatly and clearly is essential. It would suit students who are practically and academically-minded.

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Spanish is already one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the official language of more than 20 countries. It is now the second language of the USA! There are currently 400 million people speaking Spanish as a native language and a total of 500 million speakers worldwide. Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese. Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

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It is not necessary for a student to be able to play an instrument to successfully complete the course, but it does require the student to have an aptitude for and interest in music. Being able to sing can be substituted for a musical instrument. To do music for Leaving Cert a student must complete the Junior  Cert

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Students must be enthusiastic, interested and be able to apply themselves to projects when necessary. Natural ability alone is not enough. At Junior Certificate level, students develop their skills, explore their creative side and maximise their possibilities. For any students who wish to progress in the world of Animation, Advertising, Fashion etc art is a must.

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