Progression from primary to senior cycle
While Applied Technology is not a stand-alone subject within the Primary School Curriculum, through its strands, elements and outcomes, junior cycle Applied Technology can progress related learning that has taken place at primary level.
A number of subjects and areas of the primary curriculum such as science, mathematics and Visual Arts make reference to the development of problem-solving skills which is a key skill for a student of Applied Technology. Throughout their years at primary school, students engage in various learning activities that develop their creativity. This development lends itself directly to the study of Applied Technology. Whether a student is working on a design project or creating a controlled system, they are engaging in learning activities that demand creativity.
The study of Applied Technology at junior cycle develops the foundations for a student to continue their studies in the suite of technology subjects in both the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes. With the addition of the study of relationships of inputs to outputs, students can also transfer learning from Applied Technology to the study of Computer Science.
More specifically, the subject Technology exists in both the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes and the learning outcomes achieved in junior cycle Applied Technology establishes strong foundations for both these subjects.
The activities students engage in during junior cycle aim to develop a technologically-competent student who should be able to adapt to any discipline related to the technology subjects at senior cycle.