LCVP & LCA Programmes

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

LCVP is a two year programme designed to enhance the traditional Leaving Certificate. The majority of students study it as an ‘extra’ to supplement their other subjects.  LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate with a focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise.

The strong vocational focus of the LCVP is achieved by arranging Leaving Certificate subjects into Vocational Subject Groupings and through the provision of additional courses of study in work preparation and enterprise known as the Link Modules.

Programme Requirements for students:

  • At least five Leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be Irish plus the Link Modules
  • Two of the above subjects must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings
  • Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education ( in addition to Five subjects)
  • A recognised course in a Modern European Language other than Irish or English (not externally assessed – school based programme)

If a student is exempt from Irish/Languages, they are eligible to complete the LCVP


Leaving Certificate Applied Programme

The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), which is a two year course is offered as an alternative to the traditional Leaving Certificate. The LCA Programme has a practical bias, with students applying their knowledge, skills and experience to practical tasks at school, in the work place, and in the wider community. It is particularly suited to students who wish to follow a vocationally orientated programme.

Assessment is by a combination of:

  • Credits awarded at the end of each course module for attendance and completed course work.
  • Credits awarded by the Department of Education & Science for completed tasks
  • Credits awarded through final examination.

Students are prepared for adult and working life and experience a broader dimension to their education through a Work Experience Programme and other modules, including English & Communication, Mathematical Applications, Vocational Preparation, Career Guidance, Social Concern, Graphics & Construction, Leisure & Recreation, Visual Arts and Information Technology.  Students do seven tasks or projects from three main areas of study and their work is assessed continually over the two years of the course.

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