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Computer Science - a Leaving Certificate subject

  • 24 June 2021

Computer Science takes its place as a Leaving Certificate subject

Computer Science is becoming a well-accepted part of the Leaving Certificate. In 2020-2021 it was studied in 92 schools and more schools will introduce the subject in September 2021.

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

Find out more about Leaving Certiificate Computer Science by reading the ebulletins from the Professional Development Support Service for Teachers. There are three issues: December 2020, March 2021 and June 2021.

There's an interesting podcast What 3rd Level Needs To Know About 2nd Level Computer Science from The Machine at Waterford Institute of Technology that may be of interest.

The Leaving Certificate Computer Science (LCCS) Support Framework was established to support the national rollout of Computer Science to post-primary schools. It was launched in November 2020 by the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD. 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 was 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), Technological Higher Education (THEA), further education and IBEC.

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