Students entering 5th Year at The Institute of Education will have completed 70% of the Leaving Certificate syllabus in most subjects by the end of 5th Year. Preparatory work will also have been undertaken for assignments and project course work for the Leaving Certificate. With 25 subjects available, students can choose the combination of subjects they enjoy and are most likely to succeed at.

The best way to find out more about 5th 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!

With 25 subjects to choose from, 5th year timetables are created with the help and support of teachers and guidance counsellors. Students can also change or take up a new subject at certain times under the supervision of a guidance counsellor.

Students have access to a range of extracurricular activities and are also provided with constant academic mentoring, study skills seminars, and career guidance, providing them with an invaluable foundation for 6th year.

5th Year Calendar: Academic Year 2019/2020

Assembly Day Friday 30 August 2019
Classes Commence Wednesday 4 September 2019
Mid-Term Break Friday 25 October 2019
Classes Resume Monday 4 November 2019
Christmas Holidays Commence 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 Commence Friday 3 April 2020
Classes Resume Monday 20 April 2020
May Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2020
Classes End Friday 15 May 2020
Summer Exams Commence Monday 18 May 2020
Summer Holidays Commence 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 5th year full-time day school 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 8.30 am – 6.00 pm.


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.

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