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Computer Science - a Leaving Certificate subject

  • 20 December 2020

WITS welcomes Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject.

The introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject was a key action in the Government’s STEM Action Plan 2017-2019. The subject specification for Computer Science along with the Framework of Continuing Professional Development designed to support its implementation was launched in September 2018.

Leaving Certificate Computer Science has been offered by 40 schools since 2018, and 52 further schools introduced the subject in September 2020.

The subject specification is here and FAQs about Computer Science are here. Videos and other supports for the adoption of LCCS are available from the NCCA. Link.

Students of computer science study computational thinking, programming languages, how computers impact on society and through applied learning tasks will engage in individual and collaborative design processes. The development of skills such as problem solving, personal effectiveness, communication, creative and critical thinking in students is a core objective of the specification. Students have the option of taking the subject at higher or ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate examination.

The implementation of computer science from 2018-2020 was accompanied by professional development for teachers by the PDST Professional Development Service for Teachers. Link.

On 16 November 2020 the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD announced details of a new industry framework to support the implementation of the subject Leaving Certificate Computer Science.

The Leaving Certificate Computer Science (LCCS) Support Framework has been established to support the national rollout of Computer Science to post-primary schools. The framework brings together a unique collaboration of representatives from all of the key stakeholders with the intention of developing and implementing a range of measures designed to allow the subject to develop and prosper

The framework has been developed by an industry and Department of Education partnership, including representatives of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), Irish University Association (IUA), Higher Education Institutions and IBEC. Read the December 2020 LC Computer Science ebulletin.

There is a new textbook to support Leaving Certificate Computer Science by Keith Quille and Brett Becker here.