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

Computer Science

LCCS Subject Brochure and information videos  

A subject information brochure for the national rollout of Leaving Certificate Computer Science can be used to inform and assist school communities in navigating through the Leaving Certificate Computer Science course.

In September 2019, six phase 1 schools, in conjunction with NCCA, created videos to inform and advise schools starting out on Leaving Certificate Computer Science in the national rollout. The videos are intended for students, teachers and principals. They are also suitable for informing the school community about the subject in general and also about a particular main theme indicated below.

 School   Sector  Main Theme
Abbey Vocational School,
Donegal
ETB Student Voice
(Real world applications)
Coláiste Bríde,
Dublin
Voluntary Secondary How CS changes your thinking
Coláiste Na Ríochta,
Kerry
ETB Making CS work for your school
Mount Temple Comprehensive,
Dublin
Community and Comprehensive How CS changes your thinking
Presentation Secondary School,
Tipperary
Voluntary Secondary Computer Science - beyond coding
St. Eunan's College,
Donegal
Voluntary Secondary Classroom Collaboration
Coláiste Bríde information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout Coláiste Bríde information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout
Abbey Vocational School information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout Abbey Vocational School information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout
Coláiste na Ríochta information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout Coláiste na Ríochta information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout
Saint Eunan's College information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout Saint Eunan's College information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout
Mount Temple Comprehensive information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout Mount Temple Comprehensive information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout
Presentation Secondary School Clonmel information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout Presentation Secondary School Clonmel information video for schools introducing CS as part of the national rollout

Phase 1 Launch and Press Release

5th February 2018 saw the launch date for Computer Science, in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin. In conjunction with the official launch that morning, NCCA and PDST provided 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.

 

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.

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