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The College provides all students with a holistic education allowing them develop their full academic potential through a broad and diverse curriculum. The Junior cycle is a three year programme and at the end of the third year, students sit the Junior Certificate exam. The exams are nationally standardised in all subjects and facilitated by the State Examination Commission. The Senior cycle is a two year or three year programme, depending on whether students participate in the (optional) Transition Year (4th Year). During 5th and 6th year, students prepare for the Leaving Certificate examinations which they sit at the end of 6th year.

Junior Cycle Subjects 1st Year


Subjects are studied at higher level for the Junior Cert with the exception of Maths and Irish, where students have the option to study them at ordinary level.

Business Studies
Art (optional)

2nd and 3rd Years


In 2nd year, students have the option to continue studying French and German or just to study French. The students who choose not to study German will study Art during the allocated timetable periods and those who study both French and German, have the option to study Art during the evening timetable.

Technical Graphics is offered to all students as an optional subject in 2nd and 3rd year. 3rd year students may choose not to continue with music as an examinable subject for the Junior Cert.


5th and 6th Years


Students study the core subjects

French or German

Three other subjects are chosen from the following subjects, which are arranged in bands.

Agricultural Science
Design and Communication Graphics
Agricultural Economics

Students may study more than seven subjects for the Leaving Cert, and this is facilitated by offering subjects during the evening timetable.

Three additional subjects can be taken by students but are not examined in the Leaving Cert.

Career Guidance


The Career Guidance teacher advises and helps students to choose their subjects for Senior Cycle. This important process also involves both teachers and parents, as well as our DAT (Diagnostic Aptitude Testing) system.

Supervised study takes place each evening whereby teachers are on hand to offer assistance with homework, further strengthening the teaching and learning process taking place in class each day.

Extra Curricular – The Arts

Music, drama and debating have always played important roles in education at Cistercian College Roscrea. Students are actively encouraged to get involved in the arts including:

  • Choir
  • Traditional Irish Music Sessions
  • Folk Choir
  • Musicals
  • Plays
  • College Orchestra

The college offers tuition in a total of 22 instruments should a student wish to avail of this outside of class time. Students are also encouraged to participate in the College Choir and orchestra.

A public speaking module is taken by all students in first, second and third year. Students compete for the annual Silver and Gold medal public speaking competitions. Students debate at regional and national level in German and Gaeilge and are also encouraged to present for external academy examinations. Debating societies in each year provide opportunities for public oratory, building self-confidence and promoting team work amongst students.


Each and every student has the potential for greatness and Cistercian College aims to find and nurture student’s individual talents whether that be in academics, sport and/or the arts. Most importantly, CCR students are facilitated with the resources, guidance and support enabling them to fulfil their ambitions.




The Colleges’ schools rugby academy is one of the most successful in Ireland and has strong representation at international schoolboy level and on the Leinster and Connaught underage teams, year on year.


Each year Cistercian College fields ten rugby teams including four in Senior House (TY, 5th & 6th years). The Senior Cup Team has been rated among the top five in the country for the last three seasons. We also run a senior seconds (SIIXV) and senior third (SIIIXV) team every year, as well as a Transition Year rugby competition. The Junior House programme runs six teams, focusing mainly on developing the core skills essential for a successful transition to SCT rugby. Each year there are two junior teams along with two 2nd year and two 1st year teams. All teams have dedicated coaches and play a minimum of 20 matches per season.


Students who play rugby have a minimum of three coaching sessions per week and one match per week. They also have at least one strength and conditioning session per week. Cistercian College students also have access to the Elite player sessions and get the benefit of the latest video analysis equipment. There is an annual rugby tour to either Wales, Belfast or the West [Munster region?]. Our players have the support of the on-site college medical and nursing staff and have access to top physiotherapists, sports psychologists and guest coaches.


Hurling in Cistercian College Roscrea is based on the principle of self improvement. Our last All-Ireland winning team was 2005. We have competed in several Leinster Finals since. We pride ourselves on offering hurling coaching all year round, unlike many schools that base training only on competition. We run 7 teams in the College from 1st year to senior. It is the ambition of the College to get back into the top tier of Leinster Hurling and capture a first All-Ireland ‘A’ Colleges title. The new hurling timetable in CCR will consist of 4 sessions a week. We run 3 hurling skills sessions a week, including one match, and one supervised conditioning session. The college has access to top of the range video analysis to develop the team and individual. We also run hurling alley tournaments and indoor hurling sessions. The goal is to achieve all this with the minimum effect on the academic timetable.

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