JCSP – Junior Certificate School Programme

The Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) is a national programme under the auspices of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). Currently, the programme is offered in 224 schools throughout the country. JCSP operates within the Junior Certificate/ Cycle curriculum. It follows the curriculum framework set out for the Junior Certificate/Cycle, which is re-focused to cater for JCSP students.

Is this an alternative to the Junior Certificate ?

It is not an alternative to the Junior Certificate/Cycle – it is a plus !  All of our students at Junior Cycle follow the JCSP along with their studies for the Junior Cycle.

What is the difference between the JCSP and the Junior Certificate ?

All of our Junior Cycle students follow the JCSP over the course of 3 years – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year.  It is an addition to their Junior Cycle studies.  At the end of the 3 years they receive a JCSP Profile and a school reference.  The Profile is an official document from the Department of Education. 

Do students sit the Junior Certificate examination ?

Absolutely! The whole point of participating in the Junior Certificate School Programme is to stay at school, experience success in school and become more confident about sitting the Junior Certificate/Cycle Exam.  Check out www.jcsp.ie for further information.

Do many students fail JCSP ?

Students cannot fail JCSP.

The Programme is about success. It is an addition to the Junior Certificate/Cycle.  Achievable statements are carefully chosen. Students get an opportunity to complete a series of statements and build their own success profile – a profile listing all the things they can do and a reference from the school.

What are the core subjects ?

There are no core subjects as such. However, all students must be entered in the Junior Certificate/Cycle Exam.

JCSP Field Trip – Causey Farm
JCSP Field Trip