The Institute of Education’s 4th Year Programme offers students a unique alternative to Transition Year. Combined with the consistently high level of educational excellence for which the Institute is widely known, the programme offers pupils a number of key benefits.
The best way to find out more about 4th Year in our school is to attend one of our Information Evenings.  Come and talk to our teachers, students and staff, and discover what makes our learning environment and school community so unique!

The 4th Year Programme allows students to attend classes in a wide variety of Leaving Certificate subjects before they are required to make their final selection in 5th year. With a total of 25 subjects available at the Institute, students can experiment with different subjects, selecting a total of four each term. Towards the end of the academic year a dedicated and experienced career guidance team can then assist students and parents in selecting the appropriate subjects for the 5th year.

The 4th Year Programme provides exceptional flexibility to students wishing to pursue sports or other extracurricular activities at a serious level during their 4th year but who also wish to maintain academic focus. Timetables are designed with the help of teachers and guidance counsellors by selecting subjects on a day and at a time that suits their extra-curricular commitments.

The 4th year academic programme helps committed students to establish a solid foundation in key subjects such as Maths and English before going on to tackle the fuller syllabus in 5th and 6th Year. For students who need to build their academic confidence prior to entering the Senior Cycle, the programme provides a year to reinforce the basics, developing valuable study skills and helping them to select the appropriate subjects for the Leaving Certificate.

Participation in extracurricular activities is also supported in the 4th Year Programme and students are encouraged to join in any of the activities running throughout the year in conjunction with the 5th year school.

Students are offered the opportunity to take part in: Irish Sign Language, life coaching, Barista training, Driving school, fitness classes, wellbeing and more.

As a recently accredited Cambridge International School, The Institute of Education has become the first school in the Republic of Ireland to include Cambridge International GCSEs as an option within its 4th year programme.

Students now have the option to study the following subjects at IGCSE level:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics

There is significant crossover between the IGCSE and the Leaving Certificate. Studying for the IGCSE will enable 4th year students to further develop their subject knowledge and skills needed to support a smooth progression to the Leaving Certificate.

In addition, 4th Year Students at The Institute of Education also have the option to study for the French DELF exams, Spanish DELE exams and German Goethe exams. These exams are held in collaboration with the Alliance Française, Instituto Cervantes and Goethe Institut.

4th Year Calendar: Academic Year 2019/2020

Assembly Day Thursday 30 August 2019
Classes Commence Wednesday 4 September 2019
Mid-Term Break Friday 25 October 2019
Classes Resume Monday 4 November 2019
Christmas Holidays Begin Wednesday 18 December 2019
Classes Resume Monday 6 January 2020
Mid-Term Break Friday 14 February 2020
Classes Resume Monday 24 February 2020
St. Patrick’s Day Monday 16 March 2020
Tuesday 17 March 2020
Easter Holidays Begin Friday 3 April 2020
Classes Resume Monday 20 April 2020
May Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2020
Classes End Monday 15 May 2020
Summer Exams Begin Monday 18 May 2020
Summer Exams Finish Tuesday 26 May 2020

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Please note: We are still accepting enrolments for 4th, 5th and 6th year for the current academic year (2019/2020). Please contact us on 01 6613511 for details


International student fees: 

For details on international student fees, please visit our International school website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the 4th year programme at The Institute of Education.


Q. What is the procedure for entry to the 4th year programme?

Full details regarding entry can be found on our Admissions page. Interested parties can also contact the school to request information. Completed application forms must be returned with the requested documentation. Interviews with students & parents will then be scheduled.


Q. Will all students who are interviewed for 4th year be accepted?

No. The interview process selects students who meet the criteria and whom we feel will best benefit from our programme.


Q. Will my son/daughter have guidance in choosing subjects?

Yes. We have a dedicated and experienced guidance team to assist students and parents in selecting the appropriate subjects and levels.


Q. What is the dress code?

There is no uniform in The Institute of Education, but all students must present themselves neatly and dress appropriately for a school setting. Inappropriate dress will not be tolerated.


Q. Are there any extracurricular activities?

Yes. There is a range of activities from which students may choose: e.g. soccer, kickboxing, self-defence, lifesaving, ECDL, debating, chess & creative writing.  All activities are subject to numbers.


Q. Will my son/daughter have access to computers?

Yes. There is a fully equipped supervised computer room where students may undertake Leaving Certificate projects.


Q. What is the disciplinary procedure?

The disciplinary procedure is fully outlined in our Institute of Education Code of Behaviour and Discipline Booklet which is sent to students who have accepted their place and paid a deposit. Students and parents /guardians must agree to comply fully with the rules of the school and indicate their acceptance by signing the relevant agreement sheet.


Q. What happens during a free class?

Students must either be in class or in supervised study.


Q. What are the lunch facilities?

There are two lunchrooms for students who bring a packed lunch. There is also a canteen on campus, which serves hot and cold food for those who wish to buy lunch. Students may not leave school during the lunch break.


Q. May students leave the school at other times?

No. Students must never leave the school without permission. Parents must contact the school in the event of a student needing to leave for any reason (as stated in the Code of Behaviour & Discipline document).


Q. What happens if a student cannot come to school/ is going to be late/ has a doctor’s appointment etc?

Parents must take responsibility to inform the school before 10.00am if any of the above situations occur – otherwise the student will be marked absent. If visiting a doctor or dentist, a note from same must be provided.


Q. How can parents keep track of their student’s progress?

There are a number of ways in which parents may do this. Class tests are available through our online system – Moodle.  There are Parent-Teacher meetings in February & parents will also receive end of term results at Christmas, Easter & summer. Parents can also contact the school to discuss their student’s progress.


Q. Is there any pastoral care in the school?

Yes. Students may meet with the Guidance Counsellor and/or the 4th year Student Advisor to talk through any issues or concerns.


Q. What happens when my son/daughter finishes school each day?

The Institute of Education is not responsible for students once they leave the building. However, we strongly advise parents/guardians to be vigilant and to monitor the time and activities between leaving school and arriving home.


Q. Will students transfer automatically to 5th Year at the end of 4th Year?

No. Behaviour, academic performance, attendance and punctuality in 4th Year are all taken into account in deciding progression to 5th Year.

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