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Religious Education

Religious Education plays a key role in helping students to become aware of their own infinite worth, the spiritual dimension of life, the importance of their contribution to the world in which they live, the value of critical thinking and the role of religion as a force of good in life and society. 

At De La Salle with our Religious Education programme our main goal is to assist our students to become the best they can be on their journey through life.

Pupils are given the opportunity to gain cultural understanding and to see faith and belief as interconnected with society both locally and globally. Pupils acquire a deep appreciation of the diverse beliefs, values and traditions which contribute to the communities and cultures in which we live.

At Leaving Certificate

Leaving Certificate religious education promotes tolerance and mutual understanding. It is a broad course which seeks to develop the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions.

This syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels. The syllabus is offered at two levels: Ordinary and Higher. The assessment procedure has two elements – coursework and the final examination paper. Coursework accounts for 20% of the total mark at both levels.

A non-examination framework is also available for those students who do not wish to take Religious Education as a Leaving Certificate examination subject.

Subject Aims
  • Religious Education will foster the growth of faith at a personal and communal level, especially through understanding of and participation in prayer and liturgy.

  • Religious Education will teach students to think, research, reason, reflect and act in the light of Gospel values.

  • Religious Education will provide an intellectual framework for reflecting on life decisions and to encourage students to give witness to the integration of faith and life.

  • The work of Faith Formation is through invitation, not coercion. It recognises that individuals are at different places in their personal faith journeys. 

  • Students from other faiths, from other Christian denominations, from no religious faith will be encouraged to grow in knowledge and appreciation of their own traditions and gaining knowledge and understanding of our school’s traditions.

Resources Used
  • Senior Cycle – Veritas Collection for Leaving Certificate Religious Education Syllabus.

  • ICT and online resources:, and

  • Teachers use a variety of books, notes, and resources which are chosen by the class teacher and may vary from class to class.

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