Senior Cycle Religious Education

Senior Cycle Religious Education



Welcome to the Senior Cycle Religious Education section.


The syllabus for Religious Education at Leaving Certificate Higher level and Ordinary level, was
introduced in September 2003 and was first examined in 2005. The syllabus and the teacher guidelines can be found here.


The syllabus content is structured around the following three units of study:


Unit One ― Section A: The Search for Meaning and Values. This is a compulsory section.
Unit Two ― Section B: Christianity: Origins and Contemporary Expressions; Section C: World Religions; Section D: Moral Decision-Making. Students study any two of the three sections in this unit.
Unit Three ―Section E: Religion and Gender; Section F: Issues of Justice and Peace; Section G:
Worship, Prayer, and Ritual; Section H: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text; Section I: Religion: the Irish Experience; Section J: Religion and Science. Students study one of four sections in this unit (as well as one of the two sections designated for coursework).


The syllabus is offered at both Ordinary and Higher levels.


Each year two sections from Unit Three of the syllabus are designated for coursework by the State
Examinations Commission (SEC).


Further details relating to Religious Education on the NCCA website are available via this link.




Curriculum resources to support teachers with Senior Cycle Religious Education are available to view and download from the Curriculum Resources page.



Resources from workshops held from 2022 onwards can also be found in the CPD Resources section here .




All schools can apply for Religious Education school based support.
Click this link to access our online school based support application form.





Karen O’Loughlin is the Administrator for Religious Education and is based in Clare Education
Centre, Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. The e-mail address for Religious
Education is





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