“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela


The English syllabus aims to develop student’s competence in language and literature. The course is organised around two general domains – comprehending and composing. A range of poetry, one literary text and a group of texts in a comparative manner will be studied.


Study maths will help learners gain the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for handling many aspects of everyday and scientific life. It will also develop problem-solving skills, creative talents, and presentation of logical arguments. It will equip learners for the study of other subjects and prepare them for further education and vocational training. 


The Leaving Certificate Business syllabus helps prepare students for participation in a changing business environment and develops an understanding of the role of enterprise and the overall environment in which business functions and it will contribute to the preparation of students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult and working life.

Home Economics

This course mixes theory with practice in order to develop understanding and to solve problems. It examines how individuals and families manage their resources to meet their needs. It helps people understand the concepts that help them take control of their lives - in the home, in school or college or work. It encourages a flexible and adaptable approach to the challenges and demands of modern living. There is a practical component in which students research a topic, produce a menu, cook and evaluate dishes. Other core areas include food studies, resource management, consumer studies and social studies.


History is who we are and why we are the way we are.  Studying history broadens our understanding of the world and develops in us an appreciation of the society in which we live and of other societies as well, both past and present.

The course we study at VTOS is the later modern field in Ireland, in Europe and the wider world. We do this through examining evidence and documents and researching a specific topic.  We also study topics of our choice from the prescribed syllabus with emphasis on special case studies and key personalities as diverse as The Moon Landing 1969, James Connolly, Marilyn Monroe or The Nuremberg Rallies. 


Geography is concerned with the study of people and their environment. A study of geography will help you as a student develop an understanding of your physical and human surroundings. You, as a student, will develop skills that will help you make informed judgements about issues at local, national and international levels.  Information gathering skills, evaluation skills, investigative skills and many others will be developed by geographical studies. Topics that can be investigated over the two years vary from coastal erosion in Kerry, the film industry in India, population changes globally to our interdependence on the planet.


This subject consists of both plant and animal biology (human).  There are 22 practical activities to be carried out over the two years.  Learners are tested on a sample of these in the exam. There is the option of doing either ordinary or higher level.

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