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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Computer Science


A new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject will be introduced, on a phased basis, to schools in September 2018. 

The curriculum specification was approved in December 2017, and the official launch of the subject took place on the 5th February 2018. Professor Brendan Tangney gave the keynote address and Minister Richard Bruton officially launched the subject. A subject brochure was distributed at the launch, outlining key aspects of the course.

Leaving Certificate Computer Science aims to develop and foster the learner’s creativity and problem solving, along with their ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Students will apply the fundamental practices and concepts of computer science and develop an appreciation of the diverse role of computing technology in society and the environment in which they live. Studying computer science will nurture students’ interests and passions and empower them to engage confidently and actively with the world.

Phase 1 Launch and Press Release

5th February 2018 will be the launch date for Computer Science, in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin. In conjunction with the official launch that morning, NCCA and PDST will provide initial CPD to all 40 Phase 1 schools in the afternoon session.

View the  Department of Education and Skills press release publishing the list of 40 Phase 1 schools and announcing that students in the Phase 1 schools will begin studying Computer Science in September 2018.

Subject Development Group

To provide a strong, representative and responsive basis for its curriculum and development work the NCCA has established development groups to undertake specific tasks in subjects. The Computer Science Development Group consists of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission. View a short description of all development group meetings which took place from March to October 2017.

To inform the development, NCCA commissioned research on the international provision of computer science at upper second level. The report on that research can be accessed by following the link:

Report on the provision of Computer Science at Upper Second Level Internationally

In addition, the NCCA commissioned research into factors affecting the assessment of Leaving Certificate Computer Science through a computer-based examination. The paper can be accessed through the link below:

Leaving Certificate Computer Science : Factors to consider when developing a computer-based examination