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.

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

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

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 copies/scans of the following documents;

  • FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN 3RD YEAR: A copy of the most recent 3rd Year Report AND a copy of the 2nd Year Summer Report.
  • FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS: A copy of the most recent school report AND a copy of the Junior Cert and Mock Results.
  • A headshot photograph of the student attached as a jpeg file

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


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.


With 28 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 hockey.

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.

Next Open Afternoon | Friday, 12th April 2024 @ 3pm

Open Afternoons are held throughout the year and give parents and prospective students an excellent opportunity to meet staff and learn about all aspects of our school.

The next one will take place onsite at our Leeson St., Dublin Campus on Friday, 12th April 2024 @ 3pm. This will include a tour of the school, an opportunity to meet our exceptional school team, and a short presentation.

To register for this event, on Friday, 12th April 2024 @ 3pm, please click the button below.

The 5th Year Academic Calendar 2023 / 2024 can be found below.
You can also download a printable version here.

Mon, 28th & Tues, 29th Aug 20235th Year Orientation
Fri, 1st Sept 2023Classes commence
Mon, 2nd Oct 2023Wellbeing Break
Mon, 30th Oct 2023Mid-term break
Mon, 6th Nov 2023Classes resume
Mon, 20th Nov 20235th Year Examination Period
Mon, 25th Dec 2023Christmas holidays begin
Monday 8th, Jan 2024Classes resume
Mon, 5th Feb 2024February Bank Holiday (St. Brigid's Day)
Mon, 12th Feb 20245th Year Mid-term break
Mon, 19th Feb 2024Classes resume
Mon, 18th Mar 2024Bank Holiday (St. Patrick’s Day)
Mon, 25th Mar 2024Easter Holidays begin
Mon, 8th April 2024Classes resume
Mon, 6th May 2024May Bank Holiday
Weds, 15th May 2024Tuition Ends
Thurs, 16th May 2024Summer exams begin
Thurs, 30th May 2024Summer 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 2024/2025.

Option AAmount
Single Payment€10,690
  • Deposit to secure place, post interview: €1,000
  • Balance payable on or before Thursday 8th August 2024: €9,690
Option BAmount
Part Payment€10,690
  • Deposit – to secure place, post-interview: €1,000
  • 50 % Balance payable on or before Thursday 8th August 2024: €4,845
  • Remainder Balance payable on or before Thursday 10th October 2024: €4,845
Option CAmount
Monthly Direct Debit€10,990
  • Deposit, to secure place, post interview: €1,000
  • 6 direct debits of €1,665 (Aug 2024- Jan 2025): €9,990

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

Please note:

  • A deposit of €1000 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 €1,000 and a proportionate amount of the fees.
  • No refund of fees after 1st January 2025.

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. 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 28 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 extra-curricular 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. Lunchrooms are available for those who bring in packed lunches. Students may also 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.

Reflections 2022-2023

We are delighted to reveal the official Institute of Education yearbook for 2022-2023 Reflections. Reflections pulls together all of the events and happenings that occurred over the 2022-2023 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.

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.

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 2024.

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

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.

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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