Leaving Cert English can be studied as a one or two year programme as a full-time day school student.

Subject Group; Humanities

Leaving Certificate economics provides students with the knowledge to critically analyse a situation. Students will also gain an awareness of literature in todays world.  Students will also enhance their cultural awareness.

Leaving Cert English Teacher Jennifer Skelly

Teacher Profile

Jennifer Skelly BA, PGDE,

B.A (Hons) (Joint Major in Geography and English), PGDip Ed, M.A. (Geography), UCD

Subjects:  English Higher & Geography 

Jennifer is an exceptionally popular and effective teacher who has taught both Geography and English at Ashfield College for over five years. She is passionate about her subjects, and has a gift for inspiring her students. She recognises the importance of the English language and the skills associated with it, not only as part of the Leaving Certificate syllabus for the subject itself, but across all other subjects also, especially now that such emphasis is placed on literacy in education.

Jenny is a very helpful and kind teacher who teaches with passion, making the subject enjoyable and easy to learn.

Charleen Murphy, Leaving Cert

I went from doing ordinary level English in my last school to higher level English in Ashfield, all with the help of Jenny.

Maeve O’Carroll, Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert English Subject Content


The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of English under the following headings:

  • Shakespearian Plays
  • Comparative texts
  • Poetry
  • Comprehensions
  • Creative & Personal Writing

Leaving Cert English Exam Structure

Leaving Cert English is divided into two papers. Paper 1 consists of 3 general comprehension texts and composition essays. Paper 2 consists of poetry essays, comparative essays and Shakespearian essays.

To discuss whether English would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and www.education.ie – data correct as of 27/7/2015