Incoming 1st Year Subject Choice 2020 / 2021


21st April 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian / Student, 

We hope you are well and keeping safe in these unusual times.

The transition from primary school to post primary school begins the process of specialisation in terms of subject choices. As part of our planning process for incoming first year students we will be circulating a subject choice preference survey to you via text message. This survey is not your final subject choice. The purpose of this survey is to assist us in providing a curriculum best suited to the needs of our incoming 1st year students. 

At this stage we ask that you familiarise yourself with the subjects outlined below. Clicking on each subject will provide you with detailed information on that subject. We are also including additional resources for parents and students at the bottom of this page. 




Home Economics

Visual Art

Wood Technology

We encourage all parents / guardians / students to consult with for clear and detailed guidance regarding the implications of choosing or not choosing a particular subject.

It may not be possible to study a subject at Senior Cycle level that you have not studied at Junior Cycle level.

Our survey will ask you to order these choice subjects in order of preference. This information is invaluable to us in our planning and will assist us with timetabling. We ask that you complete this survey fully by next Monday 27th April 2020 at 9am. 

Every effort is made to meet the preferences of students in St. Mary’s College. The process of subject choice and timetabling is very rigorous and time consuming. The subject choices offered by St. Mary’s College must remain within the teacher allocation provided by the Department of Education and Skills. Therefore, it may not be possible to offer all students their preferences. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us on with any queries. 

Stay safe. 

Yours in education, 

Mr. Sweeney                                                               Mr. Healy

Deputy Principal                                                       Guidance Counsellor

Subject Choice – Resources for Students / Parents  / Guardians


It is generally advisable that students should keep a language unless there is a general learning difficulty which makes language learning difficult for a student.

French is very important for entry into certain 3rd level course (UCC, NUIG, UCD, NUI Maynooth, NCAD, etc.) . Please consult for further details. 

Subject Websites

Career Websites