4th Year | 3 Year Leaving Cert Programme

The 4th year programme at The Institute of Education is as individual as each student. Everything the student needs to transition successfully into the senior cycle is provided, creating the perfect balance between academic focus and personal development.

This provides for a transition year in the truest sense, where students can become independent, self-reliant young adults with the drive and aspiration to achieve their true potential.

Entry Requirements
Students applying to our full-time school should have a minimum of 6 Grade C’s at Higher Level Junior Certificate or Merit / Higher Merit / Distinction at Common Level Junior Cycle (or have an expectation of same).

Students are required to have attended a full time education programme in a secondary school for six months immediately prior to applying to The Institute of Education.

 

Submit Your Application
The first step is to submit an application form. Application forms can be completed and submitted online.

Application forms must be accompanied by a copy of the student’s current passport and copies/scans of two of the following documents;

  • Most recent school report from the current academic year AND
  • State exams results OR Mock results where applicable, OR alternative school assessments on official headed paper.

Please note we are unable to accept CVs or character references.

 

Interview
Once an application form has been received, the student and their parents/guardians will be invited to attend for interview with our Admissions Officer. At the interview, the student’s objectives, motivation and examination results to date will be reviewed and discussed.

 

Offer of Place
Following interview, places will be offered to successful candidates.

Overview:

Students entering 4th year at The Institute of Education complete our Three-Year Leaving Certificate Programme. The course format is as follows:

4th Year:

  • International examination opportunities.
  • Get a head start on Leaving Certificate subjects.
  • Sample up to 4 subjects each term.
  • Flexible timetable allows for extra-curricular activities & work placements.
  • Class recordings mean that no classes are ever missed and that students can keep up with their studies even during their work placements.
  • Wide range of personal development opportunities.

5th Year

  • Teachers will have completed 70% of the Leaving Certificate syllabus in most subjects by the end of 5th year.
  • Preparatory work undertaken for assignments and project course work for the Leaving Certificate.

6th Year

  • Entire Leaving Certificate syllabus completed by February.
  • Exam preparation and revision commences in March.

4th year students at the Institute can pursue a selection of international examination opportunities throughout the year. These exams are ideal for students in 4th year, giving them an academic goal to work towards during the year.

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

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

  • English
  • Maths

There is significant crossover between the IGCSE and the Leaving Certificate, and studying for this qualification enables students to develop their subject knowledge and the skills needed to support a smooth progression to the Leaving Certificate.

 

Language Qualifications
In addition, 4th year students at the Institute also have the option to study for the following language qualifications:

  • French DELF
  • Spanish DELE
  • German Goethe
  • Irish TEG

These exams are held in collaboration with the Alliance FrançaiseInstituto Cervantes and Goethe Institut.

With 28 Leaving Certificate subjects taught in the Institute, many 4th year students take the opportunity to sample different subjects and levels before fully committing to them in 5th year. Students can experiment with different subjects, selecting a total of four each term. Towards the end of the academic year an experienced career guidance team then assist students and parents in selecting the appropriate subjects for 5th year.

The 4th year academic programme helps students 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.

Our 4th year students have the opportunity to  attend classes alongside their 5th year counterparts providing a genuine insight into the standards required by the Leaving Certificate syllabus.

For students who need to build their academic confidence prior to entering the Senior Cycle, the programme provides an extra year to reinforce the basics, developing valuable study and classroom-based skills.

The 4th year programme at the Institute provides exceptional flexibility for students wishing to pursue sports, extra-curricular activities or work placement during the year but who also wish to maintain a strong 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.

Life experiences make us who we are, and 4th year at the Institute provides students with a structured blend of academic and developmental opportunities. The programme is designed to give each individual student the space and stimulus to grow, learn and explore their talents and abilities.

Students take part in a wide variety of courses throughout the year, such as:

  • Art Appreciation
  • Barista School
  • Bridge
  • Coding
  • Drama
  • Driving Lessons
  • Environmental Studies (from September 2021)
  • First Aid
  • Fitness
  • Gaisce Programme
  • Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture (from September 2021)
  • Introduction to Italian Language and Culture (from September 2021)
  • Irish Sign Language training
  • Journalism
  • Music Appreciation
  • Mythology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics, Philosophy, Religion
  • Kinia Programme
  • Tax/Financial Planning
  • Wellbeing
  • Yoga

School trips and excursions also give students an opportunity to make new friends and engage in experiences not available in the classroom.

For many students, exploring career options through work experience is also an essential part of 4th year. At the Institute, we encourage this and can facilitate work experience during the academic year. We know that our students will benefit most when they are supported with the time and opportunity to learn about and explore their ambitions.

4th Year Academic Calendar 2022 / 2023

DateEvent
Fri, 26th Aug 20224th Year Orientation Day
Fri, 2nd Sept 2022Classes Commence
Fri, 9th Sept 2022Group Outing: Causey Farm
Mon, 11th Sept 2022Irish sign language classes begin
Tues, 13th Sept 2022Lifesaving (Block One) begins
Fri, 16th Sept 2022Barista Training
Fri, 23rd Sept 2022Barista Training
Fri, 30th Sept 2022Barista Training
Fri, 7th Oct 2022Barista Training
Fri, 14th Oct 2022Barista Training
Mon, 31st Oct 2022Mid-term break
Mon, 7th Nov 2022Classes resume
Mon, 21st Nov 20224th Year Examination Period
Mon, 12th Dec 2022Irish sign language classes end
Tues, 20th Dec 2022Lifesaving (Block One) ends
Weds, 21st Dec 2022Group Outing: Cinema
Thurs, 22nd Dec 2022Christmas holidays begin
Thurs, 5th Jan 2023Classes resume
Tues, 10th Jan 2023Lifesaving (Block 2) begins
Weds, 11th Jan 2023Mondello Driving School Experience
Weds, 18th Jan 2023Mondello Driving School Experience
Weds, 25th Jan 2023Mondello Driving School Experience
Mon, 13th Feb 2023Mid-term break
Mon, 20th Feb 2023Classes Resume
TBC4th Year Parent - Teacher Meeting
Fri, 17th March 2023St. Patrick’s Day
Mon, 3rd April 2023Easter holidays begin
Mon, 17th April 2023Classes resume
Fri, 28th April 2023Group Outing: Jumpzone & Croke Park
Mon, 1st May 2023May Bank Holiday
Tues, 2nd May 2023Lifesaving (Block 2) ends
Wed, 17th May 2022Tuition Ends - 4th Year End Of Year Celebration
Mon, 22nd May 20234th Year Summer Tests

The Institute of Education offers three different options for the payment of fees for the 4th Year Full-time Day School for the academic year 2022/2023.

Option AAmount
Single Payment€7,950
  • Deposit to secure place, post interview: €500.
  • Balance payable on or before Thursday 11th August 2022: €7,450.00
Option BAmount
Part Payment€7,950
  • Deposit – to secure place, post-interview: €500.00
  • 50 % Balance payable on or before Thursday 11th August 2022: €3,725.00
  • Remainder Balance payable on or before Thursday 6th October 2022: €3,725.00
Option CAmount
Monthly Direct Debit€8,250
  • Deposit, to secure place, post interview: €500
  • 5 direct debits of €1,550.00 (Aug 2022 – Dec 2022): €7,750.00

For a full breakdown of what if included in these fees please click the button below.

Please note:

  • A deposit of €500 is payable to secure a student’s place. This deposit does not entitle a student to attend classes.
  • A DIRECT DEBIT mandate must be submitted to the office at least 3 weeks before the date of the first direct debit.
  • In the event of a student cancelling their application for any reason, before commencement of the school year the Institute will refund the fees, less €200 administration fee. If the student leaves after the commencement of the academic year the Institute will retain the deposit of €500 and a proportionate amount of the fees.
  • No refund of fees after 1st January 2023.

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

 

Q: What plans has the school put in place to ensure the safety of students in September 2021?

A: We have created extra classrooms and lunchrooms. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the school. There will be signs throughout the school promoting hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Our full plan for re-opening The Institute of Education in September 2021 is available on our website. Please click here to view>>

 

Q: Will students be able to take their classes online if required?

A: Yes, all classes will be streamed and students will be able to follow their timetable from home. For further details visit our Virtual School page>>

 

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. My son/daughter is concerned that they don’t know anyone else in the Institute. Is help provided in this regard?

The first day at the Institute is day one for all of our 4th year students. This means that all of our 4th year students are actively seeking and making new connections from the get-go.

 

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. 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.

A Unique Combination

The 4th year programme at the Institute provides a unique combination of academic focus and tailored pastoral care, ensuring a holistic approach to both education and personal development.

Throughout the year students are encouraged to try new subjects, learn new skills and explore new opportunities for personal growth. We believe that with the right support and encouragement they can achieve and even exceed their expectations.

See what our teachers and 4th year students have to say about the programme in this short video.

A Unique Combination

The 4th year programme at the Institute provides a unique combination of academic focus and personal development. See what our teachers and students have to say about the programme.

Want To Join Our School?

We are now accepting applications for our 4th year full-time school commencing September 2023.

For further information please contact our friendly and supportive Admissions Team or  submit an application form today.

Personal Development

4th year at the Institute is designed to give each individual student the space and the stimulus to grow.

Students have access to a wide rage of organized extra-curricular activities throughout the year including chess, creative writing, debating, fundraising & Model United Nations.

Our Health & Fitness Programme provides students with access to a range of weekly sports activities as well as regular wellness talks and workshops.

Sample Subjects

With 28 Leaving Certificate subjects taught in the Institute, many 4th year students take the opportunity to sample different subjects and levels before fully committing to them in 5th year.

Students can experiment with different subjects, selecting a total of four each term. Towards the end of the academic year an experienced career guidance team then assist students and parents in selecting the appropriate subjects for 5th year.

International Applicants

Interested in applying to the Institute’s full-time school as an international student? Visit our international section for advice and to find out more about the pathway programmes we offer.

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