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Non Exam Religion
Subject Information 

Junior Cycle Religious Education focuses on developing knowledge, 

understanding, skills, attitudes and values to enable young people to come to an understanding of religion and its relevance to life, relationships, society and the wider world. 


The framework for senior cycle religious education offers teachers a structure within which to plan a programme for senior cycle R.E. appropriate to students who are not taking R.E. as an examination subject for Leaving Certificate. 

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It complements the Leaving Certificate syllabus and guidelines. The framework has been designed with sensitivity to the variety of contexts in which it may be used and can be tailored to suit the particular ethos of a school. It is offered as an option for schools. 

Why Study Religious Education?

It seeks to develop in students the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions. 


The RE syllabus supports the development of the inquiry, thinking, and problem solving skills central to the Leaving Cert.

What kind of Student would Religious Education suit?

Religious Education suits the student with an enquiring mind - a student who is interested in history, current affairs, travel and culture and debating the meaning of life.

Subject Group: Social

These subjects explore common issues faced by all people living in society. They develop the skills and knowledge used to manage personal resources and guide human behaviour. 

Career Sectors

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors: 

  • Business Management & Human Resources 

  • Education & Teaching 

  • Law & Legal 

  • Sales, Retail & Purchasing 

  • Security, Defence & Law Enforcement 

  • Psychology & Social Care 

  • History, Culture & Languages 

  • Community & Voluntary 

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