High school program in The Royal Cavan School
The high school program (or Senior Cycle) is aimed at completing the secondary education cycle, consolidating knowledge of the main subjects and obtaining a graduate diploma of the Leaving Certificate, which gives the right to continue education in the university. High school students study at least 5 subjects (usually students choose 7 or more): basic and practically mandatory are mathematics and English. The other directions and specializations are chosen from a fairly wide list:
- Foreign languages: for example, French
- Applied arts and crafts (mechanics, woodworking, etc.)
- Irish English
- Technology and Design
- Accounting and finance.
Normally, children in Ireland are given final exams at the age of 18. The resulting Leaving Certificate is considered to be an analogue of the A-level and IB diplomas and gives the right to continue studying at universities around the world.