The entire Leaving Certificate syllabus, including relevant assignments and project course work is covered in full in our one-year 6th year programme. Our 6th year students benefit greatly from working with our experienced teachers as they undertake serious, focussed study in a modern, supportive environment. With hands-on support and encouragement throughout the year our students leave the Institute as enthusiastic and independent young adults who are fully equipped to progress into higher education and the world of work.

The best way to find out more about 6th 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!

The Leaving Certificate syllabus is covered in full in the 6th year, with specific paces for various subjects. With 25 subjects to choose from, 6th year timetables are created with the help and support of teachers and guidance counsellors. Our experienced teachers have been working with first time and repeat Leaving Certificate candidates for years and understand their specific needs.

Teachers discuss grade targets with students and respond to their progress throughout the year. Academic performance is monitored by regular testing and continuous assessment.

Our dedicated career guidance department works closely with our full-time 6th year students, providing them with detailed advice and support on CAO and UCAS applications. Students are also provided with constant academic mentoring, study skills seminars, and access to a student welfare officer when required.

6th Year Calendar: Academic Year 2019/2020

Assembly Days Wednesday 29 August 2019 (ex IOE 5th Year Students)
Surnames (A-L): 10.00 am
Surnames (M-Z): 2.00 pm
Thursday 29 August 2019 (New 6th Year Students)
Surnames (a-L): 10.00 am
Surnames (M-Z): 2.00 pm
Classes Commence Monday 2 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
Mock Exams Commence Saturday 8 February 2020
Mock Exams End Saturday 22 February 2020
Mid Term Break Commences Monday 24 February 2020
Classes Resume Tuesday 27 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
School Year Ends Friday 15 May 2020
Leaving Certificate Commences Wednesday 3 June 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 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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