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Inver College, Carrickmacross


Inver College, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan
Telephone: 042 - 9661282 / 9663410 Fax: 042 - 9663410
Principal: Mr Roddy Minogue
Deputy Principal: Ms Corona Farrell


Inver College offers a range of courses at Junior and Senior levels. In addition we offer a comprehensive programme of sports, social and cultural activities.

Junior Cycle:

All students study most of the following subjects in First year and up to Junior Certificate Level (3 years).

Students in the
Woodwork Room

Subjects: Arts & Crafts, Business Studies, Choir, Civic, Social and Political Studies, Computer's Club, English, French, History/Geography, Home Economics, Irish, Material Technology (Metal), Materials Technology (Wood), Mathematics, Musical Instruments, Musicianship, Physical Education, Relationship & Sexuality Education, Religion, Science, Social, Personal & Health Education, Substance Abuse Prevention Programme, Technical Graphics.

There is a facility for one class in each year to take on the Junior Certificate Special Programme. There is also a facility for extra tuition at ordinary and higher levels in most subjects under the "Stay in School" Retention Programme.

Metalwork & Engineering

Senior Cycle:

Senior students follow a two-year course to Leaving Certificate and study the following subjects:

Subjects: Careers' Guidance, Computer Studies, English, Enterprise Education, Information Technology, Irish, Mathematics, Religion, Typing, Word Processing.

Students also choose five subjects from amongst the following:

Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Organisation, CAD/CAM, Construction Studies, Economics, Engineering, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, Physics, Physical Education, Technical Drawing.

There is a facility now available for one group of Fourth year students to do a Transition Year. Senior students may also qualify for a Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme incorporating extra modules and work experience.

Construction Studies: Replaces Junior Cert. Woodwork. This subject is primarily related to domestic building but also introduces students to the knowledge and skills in construction technology, materials and practices. This subject covers the historical development of buildings as well as other relevant topics such as house purchases and mortgages. Leaving Cert. Building covers a comprehensive range of building topics from foundations up to roofing and also the internal fittings such as plumbing and electrical. At Higher Level there is an overlap with Physics where the science of heat, light and sound become component elements. A project is also required to be submitted as part of the Leaving Cert.

Construction Studies is useful for careers in: Architecture, Bricklaying, Building and Construction Teacher, Building Management, Carpenter, Civil Engineer, Electrician, Plumber, Painter / Decorator, Plasterer, Quantity Surveyor, Town Planning, housing Management, Property Developer, Auctioneer.

Engineering: This subject replaces Junior Cert. Metalwork. It involves the study of a wide range of mechanical engineering processes, materials and technological applications along with the development of manipulative skills, resourcefulness and creativity. This course is divided into a practical section and a theoretical section and involves the presentation of a project as part of the exam.

Engineering is useful for careers in: Mechanics, Aircraft Technician, Army or Air Corps Apprentice, Engineering Teacher, Fitter, Mechanical or Civil Engineering, Motor Mechanic, Toolmaker, Turner, Engraver, Industrial Designer.

Technical Graphics: Technical Graphics develops intellectual qualities of comprehension, analysis and problem solving as well as skills of manipulation and dexterity and the development of overall design sensitivity. Although it is not essential for those wishing to enter architecture courses, it is generally an essential part of most engineering courses.

Technical Graphics is useful for careers in: Engineering, Architecture, Cartographer, Construction Trades, Bricklayer, Carpenter, Fitter, Toolmaker, Industrial Design, Motor Mechanic, Town Planning, Architectural Technologist.

Home Economics:  At Leaving Cert the Home Economic course entails the following: Food Studies (45%) Resource Management and Consumer Studies (25%) Social Studies (10%) and students also choose one of the following three elective options –

1.       Home Design and Management (20%)

2.       Textiles, Fashion and Design (20%)

3.       Social Studies (20%)


Home Economics is useful for careers in: Hotel and Tourism, Social Studies, Food Science, Nutrition, General Sciences, Nursing and Medical Courses, Textiles, Fashion Designer, Beauty Therapy, Hair Dressing, Food and Beverage Industry. Home Economics Teaching.

Music: Performing, composing and listening are the main components of the Leaving Cert. Course. Students study set work by the Beatles, Berlioz, Mozart and Raymond Dean. Higher Level students can do a 50% elective of performing which can be solo and/or group. Music Technology is used in performing and composing. Students use the digital music computer programme Sibelius 4.

There is a practical exam (performing) before Easter and the written paper (composing and listening) takes place in June.

Music is useful for careers in: Entertainment, Music Sales, Speech Therapy, Disc Jockey, Composer, Dancer Film and TV Director, Instrument Maker, Music Teacher, National School Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Music Therapist, Actor.

Geography: instils a sense of place in each student. It develops an understanding of our environment and the responsibility we have to care for it. Geography teaches us the cyclical nature if life or the planet. Other cultures and ethnic groupings are highlighted and awareness of human rights and abuses are raised. Geography aims to educate students about all the major global processes such as physical, human and economic - a good Geographer would be able to create solid links between all of the above at the end of the Leaving Cert cycle.

Skilled Geographers are highly sought after in today’s workplace as their broad knowledge and familiarity with global issues makes them very adaptable in a modern global economy.

Geography: is useful for careers in: Town Planning, Geography Teaching, Politics, Military, Cartographer, Sociology, Development Worker, Landscape Architect, Environmental Scientist, Meteorologist, Environmental Officer, Geologist, Mining, Geomatics, Archaeology, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Aid Work, Tourism, Agriculture, Horticulture, Civil Service, Logistics, Conservationist, etc.

Art: The main components of this course for Leaving Cert are:

Drawing: Observational, analytical, studying and recording objects, life drawings

Painting: Colour-work, paint, pastel

Theory: Art history and appreciation

Crafts: Ceramics, pottery, Textiles, clay, batik


Leaving Cert. Art is recommended for entry to Art Colleges and a portfolio of artwork is essential for most art courses.

Art is useful for careers in: Advertising, Animation, Antiques, Art Teaching, Architecture, Book Binding, Crafts, Fashion, Floristry, Furniture, Gallery and Museum Work, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Painting and Decorating, Photography, Film Studies, Multimedia, Make-up Artist, Marketing and Merchandising, Sculptor and Sign writer, Occupational Therapist, National School Teacher, Picture Restorer, Printing and Publisher, Video Production, Cartoonist, Potter, Art Historian, Jeweller.


History: 5 Sections:

(1) Research project on any historical topic that catches the pupil’s interest. It can be a local, national or international study. It can be an aspect of a person’s life or an event in war etc.

20% of the total exam is awarded for this section – It is handed up before the end of April of the exam year.

(2) First questions on exam paper are worth 20% and is document based similar to the Junior Cert. It will be based on three case studies, which the pupils will study at the beginning of the school year.

(3) There are three more sections on the paper. Some may be European, Irish or American history - This changes every two years. One question to do out of a choice of four in each section. Each question is worth 20%.

Break Down of Marks:

Research Project 20%

Exam Paper – Document Questions 20%

Exam Paper – Three Long Questions 60%

History is useful for careers in: Politics, Journalism, Local Government, Sociology, Archaeology, Law, Civil Service, History Teacher, Museum Worker, Filmmaking, Media, Tourism, Writer, Librarian and Law.



French: Leaving Cert French is essentially a continuation of Junior Cert. French. In keeping with modern language teaching trends, the emphasis is firmly on communication through the target language. We want our students to be able to communicate through French and develop a good understanding of spoken and written French.

Speaking, reading, listening and writing are the four dimensions of our language teaching.

One of the main differences between Junior and Leaving Cert French is the oral exam. This is worth at least 20% of the overall mark. Spoken French is therefore much more important at this level.

Students also take up correspondence with French schools through ‘e-twinning’. French DVDs and CDs are also used in the classroom to increase the student’s knowledge of French culture and civilisation.

A modern continental language (French at least a grade D3 Ordinary Level) is needed to study in the National University of Ireland (Maynooth / UCD / UCC / UCG) and its recognised Colleges (RCSI / Milltown Institute / IPA / NCAD/ Shannon / St. Angela’s Sligo) – Note* Engineering / Agricultural Science and Nursing are exempt.


French is considered useful for the following areas: International Business, French Teaching, European and EU Affairs, Tele Sales, Journalism, Tourism Industry.


Business: is concerned with understanding the environment in which business operates. You study about all aspects of the business world. You learn about:

People: Consumers, Producers, Investors, Interest groups, Employers, Employees, Industrial Relations.

Enterprise: Entrepreneurs, Management of Business, Financial Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Environment: Types of Business, Community Development, Government and Business, EU, the role of Information Technology in Business.

Business is considered useful for the following areas: Careers in industry, Business, Accountancy, Banking, Book Keeping, Clerical Work, Business Studies Teacher, Secretarial Work, Administration, Management, Receptionist, Sales and Marketing, Auctioneering, Customs, Taxation and Law.


Accounting: Involves the recording and interpretation of financial information. You learn to prepare Business Accounts and Cash Flow Statements. You will also study Management Accounting (which involves business day to day planning, Costing and Budgets), a

Accounts of non-profit making organisations and students also learn to analyse and comment on financial records. Students who have studied Accounting will have a distinct advantage in third level Business and Commerce courses.

Accounting is useful for careers in: Accountancy, Auditing, Auctioneering, Banking, Book Keeping, Building Society Worker, Accounting Teacher, Company Secretary, Hospital Administrator, Hotel Management, Receptionist, Insurance, Financial Services Industry, Market Research, Quantity Surveyor, Tax Consultant, Marketing, Advertising Etc.


Physics: is very important for all Engineering and Technology courses. Physics deals with the laws and forces governing natural phenomena and deals with the following topics:

Mechanics: velocity, acceleration, density, gravity, and circular motion.

Light: reflection, refraction, mirrors, lenses, eye, and spectra.

Heat: thermometer, eat calculations, latent heats, heat transfer.

Waves: light, sound, strings, and pipes.

Electricity: very comprehensive coverage of this topic including electron beams, x-rays, lasers, radioactivity, nuclear energy.

Particle Physics: splitting the atom, particle accelerators, etc

There are 24 compulsory experiments to be done as part of this course.

Physics is considered useful for the following careers: Architecture, Astronomy, Computers, Dentist, Doctor, Engineer, Metallurgist, Biomedical Scientist, Optician, Radiographer, Physicist, Pilot, Research Scientist, Physics Teaching, Development of Renewable Energies such as Solar, Wind, Hydro Electricity.

Chemistry: deals with the composition of matter, the laws of chemical change and the relation between the properties and composition of substances.

Chemistry is compulsory for a number of different courses at third level including: Pharmacy (TCD / UCC), Veterinary Medicine, Medicine (UCC) Dentistry (UCC), Dietetics and Nutrition.

Leaving Cert. Chemistry consists of theory and 28 compulsory experiments. A typical school week in Chemistry would be a double practical class and three theory classes. The methods taught at Leaving Cert. Provide an essential introduction for those pursuing a career in Chemistry.

It is also useful for a career in the following career areas: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dentist, Doctor, Chemical Engineer, Physiotherapist, Nursing, Radiographer, Pharmacist, Scientist, Health Inspector, Biomedical Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Quality Control, Health and Safety Officer, Biotechnology, Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Chemistry Teaching.


Biology: is the science of life and deals with all living organisms, the course incorporate roughly 50:50 plant and animal biology. Although generally perceived to be the ‘easier’ of the sciences, biology is in fact very difficult, particularly at higher level.

Biology is useful for a wide range of careers including: Agriculture, Animal Welfare, Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse, Chemist, Beautician, Biology Teaching, Food and Beverage Industry, Chiropodist, Conservation Worker, Dentistry, Dietician, Doctor, Farmer, Forester, Geneticist, Health Inspector, Horticulturist, Optician, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Radiographer, Speech Therapist, Veterinary Surgeon, Zoologist.


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