There is a full range of subjects at both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate levels. In the Junior classes the core subjects (Irish, English, Mathematics, French) are set during or after the first year so that each pupil is allocated to a class in which they will be academically comfortable. This is known as the setting system, consisting of Higher, Lower and Foundation level. There are separate classes for higher and ordinary level courses in all subjects in the senior years.

Kilkenny College has an excellent record of examination results and most of our pupils go on to third level education in Ireland and Britain. Our two Career Guidance teachers help pupils to choose subject options and advise the pupils on third level opportunities. The College’s academic results are on a par with the leading schools in Ireland. Pupils are therefore well prepared to gain access to their chosen courses at third level.