Subject Overview

Religious education in the Leaving Certificate programme calls for the exploration of issues such as meaning and value, the nature of morality, the development of diversity and belief, the principles of a just society, and the implications of scientific progress. It has a particular role to play in the curriculum in the promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding. It seeks to develop in students the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions.


Leaving Certificate religious education can be studied at Ordinary or Higher level. The course consists of three units.

Unit One

  • Section A - The search for meaning and values

Unit Two

Any two of:

  • Section B - Christianity : Origins and contemporary expressions
  • Section C - World religions
  • Section D - Moral decision-making

Unit Three

Any one of the following (excluding the two sections designated for coursework)

  • Section E - Religion and gender
  • Section F - Issues of justice and peace
  • Section G - Worship, prayer and ritual
  • Section H - The Bible: literature and sacred text
  • Section I - Religion: the Irish experience
  • Section J - Religion and science