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Post 16 education in Irish Republic?

Got a student who is going to learn English in Dublin soon- and we discussed the A'Level system in England and how different it is from Switzerland and Europe in General.

Could someone tell me about the post 16 system in Ireland as I do not know anything about it. Is it also based on A' Levels, eg 4 subject in year 12, and only 3 (generally) in Year 13? Thanks.
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Re: Post 16 education in Irish Republic?

It's different to a-levels! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish...ng_Certificate
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Re: Post 16 education in Irish Republic?

Hi Odile,

It is completely different from a-levels. It's a two-year cycle, but it's much broader and students usually study 7 subjects. Here's a link that will help. Irish students normally have to do Irish, but anyone arriving from abroad is dispensed from this.
http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en...rtificate.html
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Re: Post 16 education in Irish Republic?

Many do an additional year from 15-16 called transition year, where the focus is away from exam subject sand more on the softer skills. Skiing trips, language exchange, cooking, computers, etc - all depends on the school.

Depending on the expectations of the student's home school, this could be a good arrival point for an exchange student.
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Re: Post 16 education in Irish Republic?

Thanks all- very useful, sorry I can't thank you individually on this thread.
The Swiss student will be staying with a family and attend a private languague school, preparing and taking Cambridge First Cert and is 19- so not an exchange.

Sounds like the Irish system is more akin to the Scottish Highers- and a good middle-way system- sort of half way between Swiss/European system and English A'Levels.

Perhaps here a reminder that Swiss, French, German and all European students are AMAZED, to say the least, when they find out just how narrow, specialised and also flexible the English UK A'Level system is. Especially when told that A'Level students can take, say, all sciences, or all art/design/It, or all langs, etc, etc, etc, subjects, alongside GCSE repeats and re-take only subjects failed and not all- etc. It is so vastly different to the Matura/Baccalaureate system.
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Perhaps here a reminder that Swiss, French, German and all European students are AMAZED, to say the least, when they find out just how narrow, specialised and also flexible the English UK A'Level system is. Especially when told that A'Level students can take, say, all sciences, or all art/design/It, or all langs, etc, etc, etc, subjects, alongside GCSE repeats and re-take only subjects failed and not all- etc. It is so vastly different to the Matura/Baccalaureate system.
Specialised… and HARD. I went from getting A*'s in GCSE sciences, to failing A-level Physics… then getting a 1st in BSc science degree. A-levels are flexible and good if you know what you want to do and you want to focus on one area… but boy they are not easy!
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Re: Post 16 education in Irish Republic?

I know, and it annoys me when people say they are easy. I used to teach both GCSE's and A'Levels in the UK (started to teach when O'Levels were still around)- both in French and German. GCSEs were a doddle- and many students woudl choose languages for A'levels, as they had A+ and have the shock of their lives. A huge jump between GCSEs and A's indeed- in all subjects.

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