Portlaoise College is one of the first in Ireland, and the only one in Laois, to offer a new optional subject called Politics and Society to this year's fifth year students, on the Leaving Cert syllabus.
It is being introduced on a phased basis across Ireland, starting with a small number of schools.
Laois students will be among the first to sit a Leaving Certificate Politics and Society examination in June 2018.
“We are delighted that our school has been selected to introduce Leaving Certificate Politics and Society,” said Noel Daly, Principal.
“Politics and Society is a very exciting and rewarding subject that will suit any student who is interested in human rights, equality, diversity, sustainable development, power and democratic decision-making,” he said.
The subject will be assessed at both Ordinary and Higher levels.
A written examination accounts for 80% of the final grade and a citizenship project accounts for 20%.
The citizenship project enables students to research a topic of interest to them and then apply their learning in action.
“The introduction of Politics and Society complements the already very wide range of subjects we offer in Portlaoise College to students in the Leaving Certificate Programme,” said Mr Daly.
“There has been a considerable interest in the uptake of this subject already from students,” he said.