Japanese is a two-year ab-initio programme (you begin with the basics at beginner level) that is based on the same syllabus framework as other Leaving Certificate languages; written exam, oral exam and aural exam. It has the same points allocation as other subjects and it fulfils the foreign language requirement for matriculation. The syllabus is shorter because you only learn it for two years and you learn a new writing system. It is an extremely relevant syllabus because it is relatively new (first examined in 2002) and the most up-to-date resources are used. Japanese can later be studied as a degree subject at DCU and UL, and as an optional unit at UCD.
The course does not only deal with aspects of language, it also explores aspects of culture. Pupils will explore traditional arts, contemporary fashion and arts (including manga!) and food. They will also be required to discuss and compare elements of Irish society to Japanese society. In HFSS, we also have a sister-school tradition with a high school in Sendai, Japan.