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EDEX uses schools
throughout the
whole of Ireland

EDEX uses schools throughout Ireland, we have built up relationships with the staff in these schools as we have worked with most for many years. We are continuously expanding our list of schools to give students the best chance of having an Irish experience without having too many speakers from their own country.

Students may opt to be placed in day schools and live with a family or in boarding schools.

All boarding schools are privately run but are monitored and given state recognition by the Irish department of education. EDEX places students nationwide.

Types of Schools

(a) Voluntary secondary school

The most common type of secondary school is called a voluntary secondary school. The teachers are paid by the state and the schools get a capitation grant for each student. Usually parents are also asked for a “voluntary” contribution. Most of these schools were originally run by religious orders and had nuns, brothers or priests teaching there. Today most have lay teachers but the ethos is still that of the religious order. Community and comprehensive schools are wholly state run. They tend to offer a wider variety of practical subject choices. They are usually also coeducational.

There are also Vocational schools. They are very similar to the community schools.

All of the above schools are classed as standard day schools. Students attending them live with a local family.

(b) Private secondary schools

Private secondary schools are fee-paying. They are under inspection by the Irish department of education and the teachers receive a state salary. All non-EU students that require visas must go to private schools.

(c) Boarding schools

Boarding schools are mainly private with some being cubically run. Students may attend full-time, fortnightly or 5 day boarding schools. They are recognised by the Department of Education and are under their inspection.

(d) Semi-private secondary

Semi-private secondary schools charge a small fee for foreign students but offer them some extra facilities.

Irish Education System

Junior Cycle

In the first 3 years of secondary school students prepare for the Junior Certificate. Students study 7-10 subjects.

Maths, English, History, Geography and CSPE (politics) are compulsory. Students also study a modern language and usually business studies, art and science. However, there is a wide variety of subjects and these vary from school to school. Students may take exams at higher or lower level. Maths and English also have a foundation level.

Students sit the Junior Certificate at the end of 3rd year but this is not mandatory The results of the Junior Certificate are issued in September.

Transition Year

This year is intended for personal development of the student. In most schools students study a large variety of topics. This enables them to choose their subjects for the Leaving Cert in a more informed and mature manner.

Students do at least two weeks work experience. They are supposed to consider an area that they might like to work in, in their future and try to get work in this area. So if a student thinks that they might like to be an accountant then they should approach someone working in this area.

Usually schools also organise at least one trip away during this year. Very often this is to an adventure centre where students do canoeing, abseiling, horse-riding etc. If a school organises such a trip students are expected to participate. The cost is usually in the region of €200- €300. There may be several other day trips.

Students attending Transition Year can expect all of the extras to cost about €400-€800, more in private schools

Senior Cycle

The final two years in school are spent preparing for a state exam called the Leaving Certificate.

Students will study Maths and English plus 4-5 other subjects. They may choose lower or higher level.

The subjects available during Senior Cycle are Maths, Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Italian, Classical Studies, Economics, Business Organisation, Accounting, Home Economics, Art , Building Construction, Technical Drawing, Music , Agricultural Studies, Engineering, Physics & Chemistry


Usually, foreign students that wish to sit the Leaving Certificate must do at least two subjects at higher level and score at least a C grade honour (55% or more) in each of these. They must also pass the 4 other subjects for validation in their own country.

The results of the Leaving Cert are issued in August.