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.
In light of the cancellation of the 2021 Junior Certificate Exams, current 3rd Year Students will also need to provide copies of the 2nd Year Christmas Reports.
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 6th year at The Institute of Education complete our One-Year Leaving Certificate Programme. The course format is as follows:
- Entire Leaving Certificate syllabus completed in one academic year.
- Assignments and project course work for the Leaving Certificate all completed in one academic year.
It is now possible to be a full-time 6th 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.
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.
We are already at an advanced stage with our preparations for the academic year 2020/21, with ongoing investment in both our physical and digital infrastructure. Our priority will always be to provide a safe environment for all our students and staff, so that nothing will distract from the focus on tuition and learning. We remain committed to our core objective of maximising the true, inner potential of every single student that comes to the Institute of Education.
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.
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 6th year 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 contact our main office on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 661 3511.
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.
6th Year Academic Calendar 2020 / 2021
|Tues 1 Sept 2020||6A1 (ex. 5th Year) Assembly day|
|Wed 2 Sept 2020||New 6th Year Assembly day|
|Tues 8 Sept 2020||Classes begin|
|Mon 26 Oct 2020||Mid-term break|
|Mon 2 Nov 2020||Classes resume|
|Mon 21 Dec 2020||Christmas holidays begin|
|Wed 6 Jan 2021||Classes resume|
|Mon 22 Feb 2021||Mid-term break begins|
|Thur 25 Feb 2021||Classes resume|
|Wed 17 March 2021||St. Patrick’s Day|
|Mon 29 March 2021||Easter holidays begin|
|Mon 12 April 2021||Classes resume|
|Mon 3 May 2021||May Bank Holiday|
|Fri 14 May 2021||School year ends|
The Institute of Education offers three different options for the payment of fees for the 6th year full-time programme for the academic year 2021/2022.
- Deposit to secure place, post interview: €1,000.
- Balance payable on or before Thursday 12th August 2021.
- Deposit – to secure place, post-interview: €1,000.00
- 50 % Balance payable on or before Thursday 12th August 2021 €3,675.00
- Remainder Balance payable on or before Thursday 7th October 2021: €3,675.00
|Monthly Direct Debit||€8,650|
- Deposit, to secure place, post interview: €1,000.
- 6 direct debits of €1,275 (Aug 2020 – Jan 2021).
- A deposit of €1000 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 €1000 and a proportionate amount of the fees.
- No refund of fees after 1st January 2022.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the 6th year full-time day school at The Institute of Education:
Q: What plans has the school put in place to ensure the safety of students in September 2020?
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 2020 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 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. 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.
Focused Study in the Final Year
The 6th year programme at The Institute of Education provides students with an academically focused and dynamic learning environment.
Under the guidance our experienced teachers & support staff, students are prepared for the challenges of the Leaving Certificate and encouraged to perform to the very best of their abilities.
See what our teachers and 6th year students have to say about the programme in this short video.
Focused Study in the Final Year
The 6th year programme at the Institute provides students with the tuition, support and environment to undertake serious, focused study in their final year.
See what our teachers and 6th year students have to say about the programme in this short video.
Our Guidance Team work closely with 6th year students throughout the year, supporting them through the process of gathering 3rd level information, thinking through their options, making decisions, and completing the necessary applications.
Whatever path a student wishes to take, the team has the knowledge, resources, enthusiasm and expertise to support each student individually as they make key decisions about their future.
The school handled all the challenges with great commitment to the students.
It is even better than advertised.
– Paula, parent of 6th year student 2020
I was particularly impressed with how the school handled things during the pandemic and really appreciate you didn’t let the standards drop during this time.
– Gervaise, parent of 6th year student 2020
Your school is absolutely amazing and my daughter loved every minute of it. I cannot praise the Institute and your wonderful staff enough.
– Dervilla, parent of 6th year student 2020
I don’t think any parent could have asked for more intervention or support during this difficult period. Remarkably, even through all of these restrictions your team managed to keep all students engaged, informed and prepared throughout.
– Greg, parent of 6th year student 2020
My time in the Institute will always be special. Not only have I gained life-long knowledge, I have gained a family!
– Angela, Class of 2020 student