Politics and Society will be examined for the first time at the 2018 Leaving Certificate. The new subject was introduced in September 2016 in 41 schools participating in an initial subject pilot. The subject is only available to Leaving Certificate students in these 41 schools and the pilot phase will continue for students in these schools commencing in September 2017 also. This means that the examination in the new subject will be limited to students of the pilot schools at the 2018 and 2019 Leaving Certificate examinations. The subject consists of a final written examination worth 80% of the marks and a coursework component, a Citizenship Project Report to be completed under the supervision of the class teacher, worth 20% of the marks available for the subject.
Sample final written examination papers are available here:
Marking Guidance for Discursive Essays
The following documents which relate to the 2018 Citizenship Project are for the attention of teachers and students of Leaving Certificate Politics and Society in the pilot schools.
- Leaving Certificate Politics and Society 2018 Citizenship Project Brief
- Leaving Certificate Politics and Society 2018 eCompletion Citizenship Project Report Booklet
- Leaving Certificate Politics and Society 2018 Citizenship Project Acceptance and Authentication Circular
The Citizenship Project Report must be completed by 27 April 2018.
NOTE: While the pilot is ongoing, the SEC will not accept examination entries for Politics and Society from schools and students outside of the initial subject pilot. It is intended that this subject will be rolled out nationally for Leaving Certificate students commencing in September 2018.