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Computer Science To Be A Leaving Cert Exam in 2020

Starting this September, 40 schools around the country will provide computer science as a Leaving Cert subject to fifth-year students.

The first exam will take place during the 2020 Leaving Cert with 70% of the marks coming from the exam and 30% from a project done in school.

Schools were invited to put their name forward for the new subject and the 40 chosen schools were announced this morning by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton.

The course will focus on programming and computational thinking and how it can be applied to problems and how computing impacts the world. It will also focus on the historical, ethical, environmental, technological and its impacts on the development of society.

“The introduction of this new subject will teach our young people flexible, solution-oriented thinking. It will teach them to be creative, adaptable learners” said Minister Bruton to the Independent.

The 40 schools are as follows:

Abbey Vocational School – The Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

Adamstown Community College -Station Rd, Adamstown, Co. Dublin

Breifne College – Cootehill Rd, Cavan, Co. Cavan

Bush Post Primary – Riverstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Carrigaline Community School – Waterpark, Carrigaline, Co. Cork

Castleblayeny College – Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

Christ King Girls Secondary School -Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork

Clongowes Wood College – Clane, Co. Kildare

Coláiste an Chraoibhin – Duntaheen Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Coláiste Bríde – New Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Coláiste Chiaráin – Croom, Co. Limerick

Coláiste Choilm – Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Coláiste Mhuire – Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Coláiste na Ríochta – Listowel, Co. Kerry

Colaiste Phadraig – Roselawn, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Coláiste Pobail Setanta – Phibblestown CC, Phibblestown, Dublin 15

Creagh College – Carnew Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Dominican College Sion Hill – Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Ennistymon Vocational School – Ennistymon, Ennis, Co. Clare

Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG – An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Corcaigh

Le Chéile Secondary School – Hollystown Road, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15

Loreto College Swords – Swords, Co. Dublin

Luttrellstown Community College – Mill Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Mayfield Community School – Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Cork

Moate Community School – Church Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Mount Sion CBS – Barrack Street, Waterford

Mount Temple Comprehensive – Malahide Road, Dublin 3

Presentation Secondary school – Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Rice College – Castlebar Road, Westport, Co. Mayo

Sacred Heart Secondary School – Convent of Mercy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Saint Eunan’s College – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

St Aidan’s Comprehensive School – Cootehill, Co. Cavan

St Brigids Mercy Secondary School Tuam –

Convent Of Mercy, Tuam, Co. Galway

St Joseph’s Secondary School – Convent Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin

St Mary’s CBS – Millpark Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

St Vincent’s Secondary School – Seatown Place, Dundalk, Co. Louth

St. Finian’s Community College, Swords –

Swords, Co. Dublin

Stratford College – 1 Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Synge St CBS – Synge St., Dublin 8

Terenure College – Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W