5th Year Programme

The 5th year programme at The Institute of Education provides an environment where students can maximise their academic capabilities, take ownership of their learning and develop their confidence and maturity.

During the year we lay the foundations for a successful Leaving Certificate, covering a significant amount of the Senior Cycle syllabus, as well as undertaking preparatory work for assignments and project course work.

Our aim is to support and encourage our students to become independent, capable and resilient, well-equipped for the next stage of their educational journey and beyond.

Virtual Open Evening

We will hold a virtual open evening for our 5th year full time school at 5.00pm on Thursday, 28th May 2020.

At this event you will receive information about the subjects we offer and the support and personal development opportunities available to all students in our school.

Presentations on the evening also explain our unique academic approach to 5th year and what makes our learning environment and school community so special. Following the event students and their parents/guardians can register for a follow-up interview with our Admissions Officer.

If you would like to register for this event please click on the link below.

5th Year | Two Year Leaving Certificate Programme

Students entering 5th year at The Institute of Education complete our Two-Year Leaving Certificate Programme. The course format is as follows:

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.

With 25 subjects available, our 5th year students can choose the combination of subjects that they enjoy and are most likely to succeed at. A flexible timetable also means that students can change or take up a new subject under the supervision of a guidance counsellor.

Regular testing and continuous assessment in all subjects means that teachers can identify quickly where targeted support or subject guidance may be required for each subject. Certain subjects are offered both at regular and fast-paced learning, to suit different learning styles and abilities.

At the Institute our aim is to ensure that all students perform to the best of their abilities and optimise their time in our school. Regular study skills seminars, supervised study and access to an academic mentor and career guidance counsellor throughout the year means that all 5th year students can work to their strengths and develop a study routine that suits their own individual style.

Our new online learning support programmes offer students unique flexibility and accessibility to a range of online tutorials and resources. This provides students with the opportunity to learn and revise at their own pace while supported by the Institute’s renowned school programme.

5th year students at the Institute have access to a wide range of personal development opportunities, ensuring they maintain a balanced and sustainable approach to their studies throughout the year.

Extra-Curricular Programme
This programme provides students with a welcome break from study and is essential in developing self-confidence, responsibility and initiative. Chess, creative writing, debating, film studies, drama and Model United Nations are just some of the clubs available to students. All activities take place after school or during lunchtime.

Health & Fitness Programme
Run by Irish International Athlete Brian Gregan, this programme helps students maintain good health and nutrition habits and develop a balanced and focussed approach to their studies. Students can take part in a range of sporting activities such as athletics, circuit training, football, table tennis and GAA.

A wellness programme for 5th year students is designed to increase student awareness and management of mental health and wellbeing. The programme includes weekly workshops on stress, anxiety, nutrition, coping skills and goal setting to name but a few.

5th Year Academic Calendar 2019 / 2020

Fri 30 Aug 2019Assembly day
Wed 4 Sept 2019Classes commence
Fri 25 Oct 2019Mid-term break
Mon 4 Nov 2019Classes resume
Wed 18 Dec 2019Christmas holidays begin
Mon 6 Jan 2020Classes resume
Fri 14 Feb 2020Mid-term break
Mon 24 Feb 2020Classes resume
16 & 17 March 2020St. Patrick’s Day
Fri 3 April 2020Easter holidays begin
Mon 20 April 2020Classes resume
Mon 4 May 2020May Bank Holiday
Fri 15 May 2020Classes end
Mon 18 May 2020Summer exams begin
Tues 26 May 2020Summer holidays begin

The Institute of Education offers two different options for the payment of fees for the 5th year full-time programme for the academic year 2020/2021.

Option AAmount
Single Payment€7,950
  • Deposit to secure place, post interview: €500.
  • Balance payable on or before Thursday 3rd September 2020.
Option BAmount
Part Payment€7,950
  • Deposit – to secure place, post-interview: €500.00
  • 50 % Balance payable on or before Thursday 3rd September 2020: €3,725.00
  • Remainder Balance payable on or before Thursday 22nd October 2020: €3,725.00
Option CAmount
Monthly Direct Debit€8,250
  • Deposit, to secure place, post interview: €500.
  • 6 direct debits of €1,291.66 (Aug 2020 – Jan 2021).


Please note:

  • A deposit of €500 is payable to secure a student’s place. This deposit does not entitle a student to attend classes.
  • 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 2021.


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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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the 5th year full-time programme at The Institute of Education.


Q. What is the procedure for entry to 5th year?

A. Applications are invited from motivated and focused students who wish to achieve their full academic potential. Students applying 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). Please return a completed application form with the requested documentation. Interviews for eligible students & their parents will be scheduled with our Guidance Counsellor.


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

A. Yes, we have a dedicated and experienced guidance team to assist students in the selection of appropriate subjects and levels.


Q. Will all students who are interviewed for 5th year be accepted?

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


Q. What is the range of subjects which a student can take at the Institute of Education?

A. Students can choose from a range of 25 subjects. There are no subject restrictions – students can do any combination.


Q. How long is each class?

A. The duration of each class is 55 minutes.


Q. What are the study facilities?

A. Supervised study is available to students Monday – Friday from 8.30am – 6.00pm.


Q. If my child has a specific learning difficulty will the Institute of Education provide him/her with learning support?

A. There is a fully qualified resource teacher. Individualised support programmes are tailored to the student’s learning difficulties.


Q. What is the dress code?

A. There is no uniform at 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?

A. Yes. There is a range of activities from which students may choose. (Please note all extra curricular activities are subject to numbers).


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

A. Yes. There is a computer room where students may undertake Leaving Certificate projects.


Q. What discipline or monitoring is in place?

A. 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.

Students must be in school between the hours of 9.30am-3.30am. Students are required to scan in every day on arrival and their attendance at study is also taken. Parents are contacted if a student is not in attendance and the school was not notified of their absence.


Q. Is supervised study available to all 5th year students?

A. Yes all 5th year students can avail of supervised study in our school.


Q. What lunch facilities do you have?

A. We have a canteen which provides soups, sandwiches and snacks. There is also a lunchroom which is available for those who bring in packed lunches. Students may leave the school during their lunch hour.


Q. May students leave the school at other times?

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


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

A. 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 students’ progress?

A. There are a number of ways in which parents may do this. Class test results are available through our online system – Moodle. There are Parent/Teacher Meetings in February, & parents will also receive end of term results at Christmas and Summer. Parents can also contact the school where staff are always happy to discuss their student’s progress.


Q. Is there any pastoral care in the school?

A. Yes. Students may have appointments with the Guidance Counsellor/Student Adviser and/or the Principal and Deputy Principal to talk through any issues or concerns.


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

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


Q. Will students transfer automatically to 6th year at the end of 5th year?

A. No. Behaviour, academic performance, attendance and punctuality in the 5th year are all taken into account in deciding progression to 6th year.

5th Year News
5th Year News

A Balanced & Sustainable Approach to Study

The 5th year programme at the Institute provides students with everything they need to reach their full academic potential.

A combination of academic focus and tailored support ensures that all students can approach their studies in a balanced and sustainable way, entering 6th year confident and fully prepared for the challenges of the Leaving Certificate.

See what our teachers and 5th year students have to say about the programme in this short video.

A Balanced & Sustainable Approach to Study

A combination of academic focus and tailored support ensures that all 5th year students can approach their studies in a balanced and sustainable way.

See what our teachers and 5th year students have to say about the programme in this short video.

Meet Your 5th Year Teachers

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