Computer Science

An early enactment review was scheduled to be undertaken by NCCA when the first cohort of students had completed the course but this plan was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was not possible to commence the review until the 2022-23 school year, when students had completed the curriculum and assessment arrangements as set out in the curriculum specification.

This early enactment review of LCCS was completed in Q4, 2022 to gather feedback and explore:

  • how the curriculum is being enacted and how it could be improved
  • the student experience of learning and assessment
  • how teachers are working with the curriculum.

The report on the early enactment review presents an overview of the consultation conducted as part of the review, followed by a summary of the findings. Based on the findings from the review, the report concludes with key insights and recommendations for modifications to the specification.

The updated specification was introduced to schools offering Leaving Certificate Computer Science from September 2023.

LCCS Subject Brochure and information videos  

A subject information brochure for the national rollout of Leaving Certificate Computer Science can be used to inform and assist school communities in navigating through the Leaving Certificate Computer Science course.

In September 2019, six phase 1 schools, in conjunction with NCCA, created videos to inform and advise schools starting out on Leaving Certificate Computer Science in the national rollout. The videos are intended for students, teachers and principals. They are also suitable for informing the school community about the subject in general and also about a particular main theme indicated below.

 School   Sector  Main Theme
Abbey Vocational School,
ETB Student Voice
(Real world applications)
Coláiste Bríde,
Voluntary Secondary How CS changes your thinking
Coláiste Na Ríochta,
ETB Making CS work for your school
Mount Temple Comprehensive,
Community and Comprehensive How CS changes your thinking
Presentation Secondary School,
Voluntary Secondary Computer Science - beyond coding
St. Eunan's College,
Voluntary Secondary Classroom Collaboration

Phase 1 Launch and Press Release

5th February 2018 saw the launch date for Computer Science, in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin. In conjunction with the official launch that morning, NCCA and PDST provided initial CPD to all 40 Phase 1 schools in the afternoon session.

View the  Department of Education and Skills press release publishing the list of 40 Phase 1 schools and announcing that students in the Phase 1 schools will begin studying Computer Science in September 2018.

Subject Development Group

To provide a strong, representative and responsive basis for its curriculum and development work the NCCA has established development groups to undertake specific tasks in subjects. The Computer Science Development Group consisted of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission. View a short description of all development group meetings which took place from March to October 2017.


A new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject was introduced, on a phased basis, to schools in September 2018. 

The curriculum specification was approved in December 2017, and the official launch of the subject took place on the 5th February 2018. Professor Brendan Tangney gave the keynote address and Minister Richard Bruton officially launched the subject. A subject brochure was distributed at the launch, outlining key aspects of the course.

Leaving Certificate Computer Science aims to develop and foster the learner’s creativity and problem solving, along with their ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Students will apply the fundamental practices and concepts of computer science and develop an appreciation of the diverse role of computing technology in society and the environment in which they live. Studying computer science will nurture students’ interests and passions and empower them to engage confidently and actively with the world.

To inform the development, NCCA commissioned research on the international provision of computer science at upper second level. The report on that research can be accessed by following the link:

Report on the provision of Computer Science at Upper Second Level Internationally

In addition, the NCCA commissioned research into factors affecting the assessment of Leaving Certificate Computer Science through a computer-based examination. The paper can be accessed through the link below:

Leaving Certificate Computer Science : Factors to consider when developing a computer-based examination