Curriculum

Learning and Teaching

We believe that attendance at St. Joseph’s College should be a life-enriching experience. That is why the staff at the college are prepared to go the extra mile and offer a curriculum which goes beyond the basic legal requirements of the Department of Education. We believe that learning at school is comprised not just of knowledge acquisition, but that it should extend to include the development of the skills, attitudes and beliefs which will help our students to become positive contributors to tomorrow’s society.

St. Joseph’s College is a member of the Fermanagh Learning Community consisting of 14 Post Primary schools, 3 Special schools and the South West College of Further Education in County Fermanagh. The Learning Community was established to promote a culture of collaboration across the educational providers in Fermanagh to enhance educational provision for all 14-19 year olds. The school is committed to the FLC’s vision of providing equality of opportunity for achievement and progression which will reflect the needs of the community and the local and regional economy.

We treat every child as an individual and our student centred curriculum is designed to ensure that each boy achieves the highest standards they are capable of in public examinations. However, by providing a broad and balanced curriculum we enable each student to realise their full potential by developing interests and talents beyond that which can be assessed in public examinations.

Key Stage 3

In years 8, 9 &10 all students study the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Base Tutor (Year 8 only)
  • Drama
  • English
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities – Geography & History
  • ICT
  • Learning for Life and Work
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages – French & Irish
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Technology & Design

Key Stage 4

In Years 11 & 12 students currently study:

A core curriculum of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Learning for Life and Work
  • Careers
  • Religious Education (Short Course)

Students have a choice from:

  • Art & Design
  • B.Tech (through the FLC)
    • Retail
    • Construction
    • Engineering
    • Hospitality
    • Childcare
  • Business Studies
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Irish
  • Music
  • Occupational Studies (through FLC)
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Technology & Design

Sixth Form

St Joseph’s College has a small but very successful Sixth Form which ranges from 20 to 30 students. 2010 saw the largest ever Sixth Form entry with 27 students returning to study post-16 courses. As an active member of the Fermanagh Learning Community we can now offer a much wider range of subjects than ever before. Currently on offer at post-16 are:

  • A Levels
  • Applied Business (Single and Double Award)
  • Art
  • ICT
  • Product Design
  • Physical Education
  • Applied Science
  • Music
  • Moving Image
  • Government & Politics
  • Religion
  • History
  • Physics
  • Performing Arts
  • B.Tech National Diploma
  • Sport Studies
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Child Care
  • Computer Gaming
  • Music Technology

In addition to their examination subjects, our Sixth Form students take part in a varied enrichment programme which is designed to go beyond the purely academic and is an opportunity to put something back into the local community.

Extra Curricular Activities

St. Joseph’s College places a strong emphasis on the cultural and creative aspects of education. We employ the services of a peripatetic Music teacher provided by the WELB and also those of a specialist teacher of traditional Irish Music. The college takes a leading part in local events and its stage productions have become justly well known in the local community.

The school runs a varied range of after school clubs. These include the following:

  • Art/Clay
  • Basketball
  • Business Studies
  • Craft
  • Cross Country
  • English
  • Homework
  • ICT
  • Library
  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Trampoline
  • U-14 Gaelic
  • U- 16 Gaelic