Bruce College

Full Time School

Fifth year, Sixth year & Repeat Leaving Cert.

Full Time School

Full Time School ( for 5th year, 6th year & Repeat Leaving Cert. students)

Our school offers second level education of the highest standard over a broad range of subjects. Bruce College consists of a fifth year, sixth year and Repeat Leaving Certificate programme.

In 2016

  • 41% of our students achieved 500 points or higher in their exams this year, CAO National Average =9.9%
  • 22% of our students achieved 540 points or higher, CAO National Average = 3.9%
  • average improvement for repeat students 110 points

Students can join our school in any of these years. A broad subject choice is provided. Through all our years regular assessment and house exams along with regular parental contact are an essential part of what we offer.

The foundation to a successful Leaving Certificate begins in Fifth Year. Students in this year can prepare for the Leaving Certificate at a pace suitable to their level of ability. There are many advantages with this programme.

  • Access to a wider range of subjects
  • Substantial and important course coverage
  • Availability of tutorial classes
  • Develop effective study and revision skills
  • Regular assessments
  • Structured working environment


What do the fees include?

Full-time college fees include

  • Unrestricted subject choice ( up to 8 subjects)
  • Access to some of Ireland’s top teachers on a daily basis.
  • After-school study.
  • Weekend study.
  • Mid-term and holiday study.
  • Christmas Revision course.
  • Easter revision course.
  • All house exams (including mock examinations)
  • HPAT preparation course.
  • Career guidance.
  • Study skills seminars
  • Additional oral preparation
  • Specific extra tuition classes, and one day preparation courses

What kind of day, will I have in Bruce college compared to my present school?

  • Scheduled classes commence at 8:40 AM.
  • Students who travel from a more distant destination may be able to avail of a more flexible schedule, allowing a later start time in the morning.
  • Classes are one hour long.
  • An intrinsic part of your day in Bruce college includes supervised study.
  • There is a 12 minute break in the morning and 45 minutes allowed for lunch.
  • Classes are scheduled up to 4.30pm in the afternoon.
  • In order to facilitate eight subjects and an unrestricted choice. Some classes are scheduled after 4.30 in the afternoon. Among the subjects scheduled at these times include Art, DCG, Construction Studies.
  • Students are permitted breaks prior to evening class.

How does the supervised study work?

  • Students can choose to use after-school study to whatever extent they feel necessary or whatever suits them best.
  • All study is supervised.
  • After-school study, weekend study attendance is logged and full attendance reports are mailed home every term.

How well do students perform in state exams compared to other schools?

  • Bruce college students have consistently outperformed national averages in CAO points every year.
  • Published league tables in national newspapers have shown Bruce college to be one of the top private independent schools in Ireland, based on the percentage of students that enter university and I.T’s.
  • Since the publication of league tables Bruce college has always been ranked as the top performing ‘private independent school in Cork.

What kind of student goes to Bruce College?

  • Bruce College, accepts students from a wide geographical area and mainly from Cork city suburbs and county.
  • The students who come to Bruce College are students who want to be in the school, and ultimately make this decision for themselves.
  • Students will have studied mainly higher level subjects for the Junior Certificate and will be studying mainly higher level subjects for leaving certificate also.
  • Our students are ambitious and want to achieve his/her academic potential, and progress to further education.
  • We do not accept students who are pressurised by parents or guardians to change schools.
  • Students who attend Bruce College have an excellent record of behaviour in their previous school.

What about sports and extracurricular activities?

  • Bruce College accepts that sports and hobbies and interests outside of school are an essential part of the students well-being.

Many students who attend Senior College are athletes and sports people across many disciplines including rugby, soccer, golf, rowing, field and track athletics, show jumping, G.A.A, hockey. Many of these students have maintained their interests in the sports, while at the same time progressing in their academic studies in Bruce College. Many have gone on to play at a competitive level at County, Provincial, and International level.

  • The school offer a flexible facility for students who wish to continue their sporting endeavors to a high level. A full plan is put in place, with the school, student, parents and guardians at the beginning of an academic year.

Does the school provide career guidance?

  • All students are offered the opportunity to meet a career guidance counsellor during their time in Bruce college
  • Meetings are arranged after a careers evaluation is done.
  • Guest speakers from industry, and further education colleges
  • Academic progress is assessed in conjunction with college ambitions.
  • Special guidance is offered to students interested in applying to UK universities.
  • Subject choice advice.
  • Aptitude test preparation.
  • Medical College interview preparation.
  • UCKAT and HPAT preparation

How are parents/guardians kept informed?

  • The school offers parents the opportunity to meet with teachers twice during the academic year.
  • The parent teacher meetings are arranged immediately after the first house exams of the academic year.
  • A meeting is also arranged with parents/guardians of students going through into the following academic year. This meeting involves a review of exam performance, grades, subject aptitude, study attendance and commitment and careers choices.
  • The school keeps an up-to-date record of attendance. All attendance is done on an hourly basis in the school.
  • After-school study attendance records are maintained and mailed to every home at the end of term.
  • Students are regularly assessed in class, and with house exams.