Pupils are given the opportunity to choose GCSE Irish.
Assessments will take place throughout years 11 and 12 with only 40% of the exam taken at the end of the course.

Unit 1: Listening

• External exam, 20% of total mark
• Range of question types based on pre-recorded spoken material in Irish
• Student may enter either:

Foundation Tier (C–G) 30 min (+ 5 min reading time) 35 marks
Higher Tier (A*–D) 40 min (+ 5 min reading time) 40 marks

Unit 2: Reading

• External exam, 20% of total mark
• Range of question types based on written material in Irish
• Student may enter either:

Foundation Tier (C–G) 30 min, 35 marks
Higher Tier (A*–D) 50 min, 45 marks

Unit 3: Speaking

• Controlled assessment
• 60 marks: 30% of total mark
• Marks for two tasks submitted for moderation

• Length of task lasts 4–6 min

Unit 4: Writing

• Controlled assessment
• 60 marks: 30% of total mark
• Two tasks submitted for marking
• Length of each task occurs in one single session of no longer than 1 hour
• Word guidance: 200–350 words (D–G) or 400–600 words (A*–C) across both tasks

GCSE Topics
Context 1: The individual
Toipicí
 Relationships, families and friends
Local environment: advantages and disadvantages
Activities: daily routine and leisure activities
Health and Lifestyle: diet, exercise and illness
 
Context 2: Citizenship
Toipicí
 Social issues: problems in society and equality
Travel and Tourism: Destinations and Choices
Environmental issues: attitudes to and responsibility for litter, transport, energy conservation and recycling
Media and Communications
Celebrations: festivals and customs
Gaeltacht.

Context 3: Employability
 Toipicí
 School life
Part-time jobs: advantages and disadvantages
Future Plans; choices and expectations

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