Short Courses


  • Junior Cycle Coding in Action arrow_drop_down

    Junior Cycle Coding in Action

    There has been an unprecedented level of interest in the Junior Cycle Coding in Action initiative where 175 school from across all sectors of post-primary education applied to take part.

    To reflect this interest, JCT will work with 50 schools over the coming two academic years which sees an increase of 28 schools from our previous Exploring Coding initiative. Documenting the experience of these 50 schools can support the work of other schools who may also be offering the short course in Coding on their Junior Cycle programme.

    This initiative is designed to support schools who are committed to introducing the short course in Coding within their Junior Cycle programme. We are delighted to have both Intel Ireland and Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre – continuing to collaborate with us on this innovative initiative.

    The initial letter and promotional brochure can be found below.

  • Exploring Coding 2016/2017 arrow_drop_down
  • Junior Cycle Level 2 Short Course Development Community arrow_drop_down
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  • Considering Short Courses within our School arrow_drop_down

    Considering Short Courses within our School

    Helpful resources are being developed currently, and will be available here in the near future

  • NCCA Short Course Development Materials arrow_drop_down

    As your school prepares to develop a short course you are advised to take the following steps:


    Step 1: Read and research

    Step 2: Consider the proposed short course within the context of your school and the needs and interests of your students 

    • Consult with staff, students, parents, related subject departments and others about the proposed short course

    Step 3: Look at the NCCA support materials for developing a short course

    Step 4: Use the scoping document

    • Now you are ready to develop the short course scoping document for Level 2 and/or Level 3 where you bring together all the big ideas for this course in consultation with relevant others in your school community.
    • The school principal submits the short course to the NCCA via email to: for review and advice BEFORE you go any further with the process. The submission form at the front of the scoping document and the completed document itself should not be longer than seven pages

    Step 5: Develop, reflect and refine

    • The school uses the NCCA advice in developing a first draft of the short course and this is submitted to the same email address by the school principal
    • The NCCA will review the draft and again the school uses this advice to develop a final draft
    • The school writes the final draft and it is submitted for final review to the NCCA

    Key advice:

    • It is a good idea to pilot the short course - or parts of it - with a small group of students and evaluate its success before offering it to a larger group
    • Schools who have developed their own short courses report that it is a rewarding process but that it takes time. Our experience of working with schools has shown that it could take up to 12 months to develop one
    • It is best to develop a short course in collaboration with others.  This allows for discussion and sharing of the planning tasks.  It also develops the capacity of the teachers involved to teach the short course when it is developed
    • Schools are advised to access the support for short course development provided by the Junior Cycle Support Service for Teachers (JCT).