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Rockwell College

Address: Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Description Rockwell College

  • Founded: in 1864
  • Location: Cashel, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Age of students: 12-19 years
  • Total number of students: 500 people
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence or host family (boarding house)
  • Language of instruction: English.

The Catholic Irish Boarding School Rockwell College (College of Rockwell College) accepts children from around the world aged 12 to 19 years, working on a collaborative learning system. Over the years, Rockwell College has earned an excellent reputation and respect for colleagues, students from all over the world: the quality of education, the professionalism of teachers, a comfortable and warm atmosphere help students to fully reveal their talents and abilities, grow harmoniously, ethically and intellectually developed personalities.

The school was founded in 1864 on the territory of the estate of the Great Count of Cork, Richard Boyle. As in many other British schools, education here initially had a strong religious bias, the "coloring" of the catological church, but today representatives of all faiths and confessions can study here - for a long time the college has been considered a secular educational institution. However, up till now, key Christian traditions have been used here, educating children according to age-old principles: respect for others and for themselves, acceptance of the uniqueness and identity of each person, comprehensive and harmonious development of the individual, tolerance and upbringing.

The process of education at Rockwell College includes three consecutive stages:

  • primary classes and obtaining a Junior Certificate
  • Transitional Year
  • Senior classes, passing state examinations and obtaining a Leaving Certificate.

Especially worth noting the following disciplines, in the study of which students of Rockwell College achieve the highest results:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • English
  • economics, audit, accounting
  • Agriculture.

Academic standards of the school are known as stable and very high: graduates easily enter the most prestigious, privileged universities in Ireland, the UK and the world: for example, according to 2013, each graduate received at least 2 invitations from universities! Rockwell College is accredited to teach the classic British GCSE program, serves as a training center for SAT and ACT exams (US required tests required for admission to US universities). The statistics give the following facts:

  • for the last 5 years, under the Leaving Certificate program (a document on full secondary education, awarded to high school students), more than 25% of students scored 500 points or more
  • on the Junior Certificate program (younger classes) more than 90% choose an increased level of complexity and successfully confirm it
  • the last 2 years, 16 college graduates received personal scholarships from prestigious universities (UCC, Trinity College Dublin, UCD, NUI Maynooth).

The college is also known for its excellent, careful work with parents. With the family of each student, regular communication is maintained, regular reports are regularly sent: information on academic performance, extracurricular successes, recommendations for further education and development, advice on choosing a future specialty, faculty and university.

The school is proud of its alumni, many of whom have built a successful career and have become known not only in the UK, but throughout the world:

  • athletes Patrick Butler, Jack Clark, Willie Duggan
  • Dr. Henry Brenvil (Senator, Professor of Anatomy, University College, Dublin)
  • Michael Brown (Irish Cardinal)
  • Patrick John Hillery (former President of Ireland)
  • Monsignor Patrick de Brun (former president of the National University of Ireland)
  • Sean McCarthy (former Minister of State for Finance and Technology)
  • Richie Boucher (CEO of the Bank of Ireland) and many others.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Rockwell College

Program name
from 25 000 € / year

Junior and Middle Classes

Education in junior and transitional to middle classes gives young students the opportunity not only to deepen their academic and linguistic knowledge, but also to learn their own interests and priorities, to decide on the most important scientific areas. This is very useful for a high school program (where all subjects are selected individually) and, of course, for admission to the university and the right choice of specialty.

The Junior School program is divided into three stages:

  • Form I (12-13 years old)
  • Form II (13-14 years)
  • Form III (14-15 years).

The program ends with the receipt of a certificate, which in Ireland is often called the Junior Certificate.

The main list of subjects is as follows:

  • history
  • social and personal education and health + valeology
  • physical culture and sports
  • English
  • business courses
  • mathematics
  • sociology and politics
  • natural Sciences
  • geography
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • Gaelic (foreigners are exempt from studying it).

At age 13, the curriculum adds two more subjects to choose from:

  • technical graphics
  • German
  • Spanish
  • housekeeping
  • National economy
  • French
  • art
  • drawing
  • music.

All disciplines can be studied both on a standard and advanced, more complex level.

The cost of studying at Rockwell College (including accommodation and boarding at a full board in a common residence) is 18500 € per academic year.

from 25 000 € / year

Transition Year

The training course Transition Year ("Transition Year") appeared in college relatively recently, in 1999. It is especially useful for foreign students who want to continue their studies in the UK and other English-speaking countries: as smoothly as possible, it effectively introduces the student into a new educational, cultural and linguistic world, enabling them to adapt to the new academic environment.

A key characteristic of the Transition Year course is the wide range of disciplines available for training. Choosing a specialty and directions, students prepare for a conscious and balanced choice of specialty in the future (in the senior classes at the Leaving Certificate and at the entrance to the university), become more informed about their opportunities and the ways of academic, personal development. Students become more self-confident, learn to express their thoughts, point of view and desires, open new horizons of knowledge, get used to lead a healthy lifestyle, allocate their time correctly.

The list of subjects that can be studied by students aged 15-16 in the course of the Transition Year is very wide and varied:

  • driving
  • foreign languages ​​(French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese) - with sufficient progress the student can attend several courses
  • natural Sciences
  • English
  • filmmaking
  • physical culture and sports
  • bookkeeping, economics and business
  • art
  • public performance
  • Gaelic (foreigners are usually exempt from studying it, can go as an elective)
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • self-defense
  • first aid
  • drama and theatrical art
  • geography
  • computer science
  • kickboxing
  • mathematics
  • music
  • vocational guidance
  • history.

The cost of studying at Rockwell College (including accommodation and boarding at a full board in a common residence) is 18500 € per academic year.

from 25 000 € / year

Leaving Certificate

The Irish course for high school students aged 16-18 is usually called the same as the final certificate of knowledge - Leaving Certificate. Items for choosing and creating a personal curriculum are offered a lot:

  • Religious studies (theology) - non-exam
  • economy
  • English
  • bookkeeping
  • Agriculture
  • National economy
  • higher mathematics
  • Physical culture and sports - non-exam
  • business courses
  • geography
  • French
  • graphics and design
  • Gaelic (foreigners are usually exempt from studying it)
  • Spanish
  • physics
  • society and politics
  • art
  • biology
  • housekeeping
  • Applied Mathematics
  • chemistry
  • German
  • music
  • history.

The cost of studying at Rockwell College (including accommodation and boarding at a full board in a common residence) is 18500 € per academic year.

Accommodation and food

Most college students live in the Shanahan Hall common residence: it is located directly on the campus and accommodates up to 150 people (mostly designed for boys). Rooms for junior schoolchildren are designed for 4 students, middle class students live for 2-3 people, high school students are traditionally available personal comfortable bedrooms. In general, the house has a small cinema and laundry, there is a high-speed WiFi, a private gym and a student kitchen with the necessary equipment and technology.

The residence is shared by students from all over the world: France, Russia, USA, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Spain, UK, Luxembourg, Bahrain and Hong Kong.

Girls are accommodated in host Irish families: all the houses are located within the transport accessibility from the school, are constantly checked and carefully selected by the staff of the college. The Irish have always been famous for their hospitality and cordiality, so you can be absolutely calm about the comfort and safety of the provided conditions.

Nutrition for children is organized according to the full board system: it is a balanced, healthy and varied diet with lots of vegetables and fruits, fresh dairy products and useful appetizing pastries, with vegetarian and dietary dishes.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: Agriculture, Applied craft, building, business, customer service, design, economics, engineering, English, French, gardening, geography, german language, graphic arts, Italian language, maths, music, Spanish, tourism
Events list: Athletics, basketball, Canoeing, field hockey, football, golf, hockey, horseback riding, rugby, swimming, tennis

Events Rockwell College

Students pay very close attention to sports - rugby is very popular, but many other sports are also available:

  • basketball
  • curling
  • football
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis (large and table)
  • hockey
  • Horseback Riding
  • rowing and canoeing, kayaking
  • chess
  • athletics (light and heavy)
  • cricket.

You can also visit art, creativity and design studios: the Great School Choir is constantly and successfully performing, stage performances, concerts, performances, performances and merry "skits" are regularly held.

Equipment Rockwell College

The Rockwell College campus is located 6 kilometers from the town of Cashel and 140 kilometers from Dublin, the capital of Ireland. It was in these lands that the coronation of Brian Boru, the first High King of Ireland, was held in the tenth century: since then, Kashel has served as the residence of the Irish archbishop, and has also opened for tourists from all over the world an unusually picturesque and unique place - the eponymous Rocks of Cashel (from which, according to legend , preached by the legendary Saint Patrick). The school campus is surrounded by mountain ranges, green Irish fields and forests - it will be safe, safe and comfortable to study here: every day from the school windows children can admire the landscapes that are breathtaking.

The area of ​​more than 100 acres is well equipped with everything that students can need for study, rest, accommodation and leisure:

  • spacious and bright audiences with the necessary equipment and technology
  • scientific and technical laboratories for lessons, experiences, experiments and research
  • its own extensive library
  • music and rehearsal classes
  • studio for creativity, art and design
  • The Water Sports Center (located at the clean, calm lake near the school)
  • Multimedia centers and computer rooms for IT disciplines
  • quiet classes for reading, self-preparation and homework
  • indoor heated swimming pool (length of the tracks - 25 meters)
  • tennis courts
  • basketball courts
  • Fields and fields for team games, for track and field athletics and running
  • multifunctional, competently zoned sports hall
  • 9 hole golf course
  • badminton courts
  • hockey field.

Term dates and fees

The cost of studying at Rockwell College (including accommodation and boarding at a full board in a common residence) is 18500 € per academic year. The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course = 1000 €
  • Examination Boards
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 1000 EUR
  • Deposit for a course/programme 2500 EUR

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Mostly children enter Rockwell College at 12, 15 and 16 years old. The school can enter its own entrance exams - as a rule, it is mathematics and English - but in some cases the applicant may be asked to pass the exam in other disciplines. For the selection committee it is necessary to prepare the following documents:

  • A report card with grades from a previous school on an official letterhead with a stamp and a signature (minimum for the last 2 years)
  • Characteristics from the class teacher, the head teacher and the director, from the teachers in mathematics and the English language
  • a small essay about yourself: your hobbies and interests, goals, dreams, family, including the answer to the question "Why do I want to study at your school?"
  • available diplomas, letters, letters of thanks and awards, medals and awards
  • if available - certificate of passing the language exam (IELTS, TOEFL): can serve as the equivalent of the entrance exam in English
  • a medical map with a history of vaccinations, a list of allergies and contraindications, a list of regularly taken medications.


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