5th Year | 2 Year Leaving Cert 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.

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.

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 or can be requested in hard copy by calling the Administration Office (01 6613511) and returned by post.

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

  • Last two formal school reports.
  • State exam results AND/OR Mock results (where applicable), OR alternative school assessments on official headed paper.


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.


Students entering 5th year at The Institute of Education complete our 2 Year Leaving Certificate Programme.

During the year, we lay the foundations for a successful Leaving Certificate, covering up to 70% of the syllabus in most subjects by the end of the year. Preparatory work will also have been undertaken for assignments and project course work in 6th year.

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.

It is now possible to be a full-time 5th year student at The Institute of Education in Dublin no matter where you are located.

Our new full-time virtual school, a first in secondary-school learning in Ireland, allows students to experience their full timetable of classes, whether they are present here in the school or learning from home.

Offering unrivalled flexibility, this safe and secure online learning platform means that students never have to miss a class again and can continue their academic journey with absolute certainty.

Learn more about our new virtual school and the €2.5 million digital investment that has made it possible here>>


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.

Study Skills & Supervised Study

Regular study skills seminars, compulsory periods of supervised study means that all 5th year students can work to their strengths and develop a study routine that suits their own individual style.

Career Guidance & Academic Support

Four fully qualified career guidance counsellors, a resource teacher and a team of academic mentors are available throughout the year to discuss students’ subject choices and future direction

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.

Academic Year 2021-2022

At the Institute our priority will always be to provide a safe and positive environment for all our students and staff, so that nothing will distract from the focus on tuition and learning.

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions for the academic year 2021/22, as well as details of the academic calendar and tuition fees, which we hope will answer any queries you may have.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our main office on info@instituteofeducation.ie / 01 661 3511.

Reflections 2020-2021

We are delighted to reveal the official Institute of Education yearbook for 2020-2021; Reflections. Reflections pulls together all of the events and happenings that occurred over the 2020-2021 academic year. We have some amazing student testimonials, artwork, poetry, achievements, and more. You will also find some fun chats with the teachers and staff of the school. It is always going to be hard to sum up the last academic year into just one yearbook because we have achieved so much as a school community. We hope that you enjoy our yearbook as much as we enjoyed creating it.

5th Year Academic Calendar 2021 / 2022

Wed/Thurs 25/26 Aug 2021Orientation Day
Mon 30 Aug 2021Classes commence
Fri 3 Sept 2021Leaving Cert results Day - No Classes
Fri 22 Oct 2021Mid-term break
Mon 1 Nov 2021Classes resume
Tues 21 Dec 2021Christmas holidays begin
Thurs 6 Jan 2022Classes resume
Mon 21 Feb 2022Mid-term break
Mon 28 Feb 2022Classes resume
Thurs 17 March 2022St. Patrick’s Day
Fri 18 March 2022School Closed
Fri 8 April 2022Easter holidays begin
Mon 25 April 2022Classes resume
Mon 2 May 2022May Bank Holiday
Fri 13 May 2022Tuition Ends - Study at home day
Mon 16 May 2022Summer exams begin
Fri 27 May 2022Summer exams end

The Institute of Education offers three different options for the payment of fees for the 5th Year Full-time Day School for the academic year 2022/2023.

Option AAmount
Single Payment€9,450
  • Deposit to secure place, post interview: €500
  • Balance payable on or before Thursday 11th August 2022: €8,950.00
Option BAmount
Part Payment€9,450
  • Deposit – to secure place, post-interview: €500.00
  • 50 % Balance payable on or before Thursday 11th August 2022: €4,475.00
  • Remainder Balance payable on or before Thursday 6th October 2022: €4,475.00
Option CAmount
Monthly Direct Debit€9,750
  • Deposit, to secure place, post interview: €500
  • 6 direct debits of €1,541.66 (Aug 2022- Jan 2023): €9,250.00

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 5th year full-time 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 5th year?

A. Full details on the application process can be found on our Admissions page>>


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. 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.

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.

Want To Join Our School?

We are now accepting applications for our  5th year full-time school commencing September 2022.

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

Please note: Due to the significant level of interest in our full-time school for the current academic year (2021-2022), we are now operating a wait list for prospective students. To register your interest please click here.

Our Teachers

Our school is home to a team of talented and highly qualified teachers who encourage an enthusiasm for learning, setting challenging but realistic goals for their students.

Dedicated and experienced, they provide extra before and after class tuition on request, supporting students in key areas and helping to deepen their understanding of their subject.

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