Students will be able to do a course in looking after dogs or other animals as a subject in the new Junior Cycle.
Caring for animals is one of the new short courses that will be available this year. It is aimed at students with learning difficulties.
According to a draft syllabus, the 100-hour course could include:
* Working out an exercise plan to benefit both dogs and their owners.
* Planning and designing a menu for a healthy diet for a dog.
* Safe practice including the need to safeguard others from potential harm from pets.
* Demonstrating good practice when walking with a dog.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment says in its draft plan that the course will help students to develop social and practical skills.
Assessment for the course is done in school.