6th Year Programme

The 6th year programme at The Institute of Education provides students with the tuition, support and environment to undertake serious, focused study in their final year.

Our aim is to help every student reach their academic potential. With hands-on support and direction from our experienced teachers and support staff throughout the year, and a clear focus on exam success, we ensure that all our students are confident and fully equipped to maximise their performance in the Leaving Certificate exams.

The best way to find out more about 6th year in our school is to attend one of our Open Evenings.  Come and talk to our teachers, students and staff and discover what makes our learning environment and school community so unique!

6th Year | One Year Leaving Certificate Programme

Students entering 6th year at The Institute of Education complete our One-Year Leaving Certificate Programme. The course format is as follows:

6th Year:

  • Entire Leaving Certificate syllabus completed in one academic year.
  • Assignments and project course work for the Leaving Certificate all completed in one academic year.

6th year students at the Institute benefit from working with our experienced teachers as they undertake serious, focused study in their final year.

With 25 subjects available, our 6th year students can choose the combination of subjects that they enjoy and are most likely to succeed at. Students can choose to take up a new subject in their final year if they wish, under the supervision of a guidance counsellor.

Teachers discuss grade targets with students and monitor performance throughout the year, with regular testing and continuous assessment, as well as responding to individual student needs with additional tuition if necessary. Some subjects are also offered at both a 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 throughout the year means that all 6th year students can work to their strengths and develop a study routine that suits their own individual style.

Our dedicated career guidance department works closely with all 6th year students, providing them with advice, guidance and support throughout their final year. Whatever path a student wishes to take, the team has the knowledge, resources and expertise to support each student individually as they make key decisions about their future.

Detailed advice and support on CAO & UCAS, interview preparation, college applications, personality and aptitude profiling and an annual career fair are just some of the services available to all 6th year students.

6th Year Academic Calendar 2019 / 2020

28 & 29 Aug 2019Assembly days
Mon 2 Sept 2019Classes begin
Fri 25 Oct 2019Mid-term break
Mon 4 Nov 2019Classes resume
Wed 18 Dec 2019Christmas holidays begin
Mon 6 Jan 2020Classes resume
Sat 8 Feb 2020Mock exams begin
Sat 22 Feb 2020Mock exams end
Mon 24 Feb 2020Mid-term break begins
Thur 27 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 2020School year ends
Wed 3 June 2020Leaving Cert begins

The Institute of Education offers two different options for the payment of fees for the 6th year full-time programme for the academic year 2020/2021.

Option AAmount
Single Payment€7,950
  • Deposit to secure place, post interview: €1,000.
  • Balance payable on or before Friday 21 August 2020.
Option BAmount
Monthly Direct Debit€8,250
  • Deposit, to secure place, post interview: €1,000.
  • 6 direct debits of €1,208.33 (July 2020 – Dec 2020).


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 6th year full-time day school at The Institute of Education:


Q. What time do classes start?

A. Students may select classes that start at 8:30am. All students must be in school by 9:30am at the latest.


Q. What is the length of a school day?

A. This depends on the number of subjects taken, but students must be in the building between the hours of 9.30am – 3.30pm.


Q. What study facilities do you have?

A. We have supervised study in our study hall between the following hours: Monday – Friday 8.00am – 8.00pm, Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm.


Q. Do you have to study during the day at free periods?

A. Yes. Except for an hour at lunchtime, students are required to be in study for all other free periods. Study is compulsory!


Q. I’m coming in directly from 5th year. Will what I learned in 5th year be covered or revised?

A. Yes – we effectively cover 2 years in 1 year.


Q. Are science practicals available?

A. Yes – practicals are in available in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Home Economics and Agricultural Science..


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. What Career Guidance Services are available?

A. We have two career guidance counsellors for the 6th year full-time day 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. Is there continuous assessment i.e. class tests?

A. Yes – continuous assessment takes place in all classes. There is also written homework and students take regular tests, the results of which are put on to Moodle which parents and students can access.


Q. Can I sit my Leaving Certificate exams at the Institute?

A. Yes, we have a number of exam centres available to students.


Q. When are the mocks held and where?

A. Mocks are held in February and are taken in The Institute of Education.


Q. Do you provide information on accommodation?

A. Yes, we provide information on accommodation but do not organise it.


Q. Is there anyone available to assist with DARE/HEAR applications?

A. Yes, we have a designated resource teacher who can help with applications for DARE etc.


Q. Are there extracurricular activities available to 6th years?

A. Yes. There is a range of activities from which students may choose. (Please note all extra curricular activities are subject to numbers). We encourage 6th years to retain their extracurricular interests throughout the year.


Q. What is a typical class size?

A. The average class size in 2019/2020 is 30 students.

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