Options after Junior Cert – LCA & LCVP

Options after the Junior Certificate:

  • Transition Year
  • Established Leaving Certificate
  • Leaving Cert Vocational Programme
  • Leaving Certificate Applied

Reference: http://www.pdst.ie/node/2354

The Leaving Cert Vocational Programme:

  • Take two of the LCVP subject groupings from a list (3 subjects in total, e.g. Biology from one group & Music & Accounting from second group)
  • Study a continental language other than Irish or English (e.g. French or German)
  • Take two modules as part of LCVP – Enterprise Education and Preparation for the Work Place (Work Experience)
  • Compulsory Leaving Cert Subjects – Maths, English, Irish
  • Assessment – Continuous Assessment + End of year examination – Grade in the form of Distinction/Merit/Pass and each grade is worth a certain number of points – D = 70 points; M = 50 points; P = 30 points

Leaving Certificate Applied:

Article: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/a-hands-on-alternative-to-the-standard-leaving-cert-1.2427153

“A hands-on alternative to the standard leaving cert”


  • About 3000 students do Leaving Cert Applied (LCA) each year
  • 2 year programme broken up into 4 sessions
  • Marked by credits – the maximum that can be achieved is 200
  • Group work, continuous assessment and work experience are hallmarks of the LCA programme
  • Students who choose to do LCA take 10 subjects but the approach to them is different to that of the established Leaving Cert – taken at a slower pace
  • g. instead of studying poetry, students would study a contemporary pop song
  • Along with the 10 subjects, students also specialise in 2 out of 12 specialisms:
    • Hotel catering and tourism
    • Hair and beauty
    • Agriculture
    • Craft and Design
  • Not all schools offer the 12 specialisms
  • All subjects graded by continuous assessment – orals, written and practical assignments
  • Students have interviews with external examiners to prove their knowledge of the task
  • They sit 6 exams in June but they only represent a part of the over-all grade (68 credits out of a possible 200)
  • Students complete 4 weeks of work experience across the two years, either done in blocks or one day per week. Students have the option to do several different work experiences
  • Programme is broken up into 4 sessions, 2 per year and the student receives credits at the end of each session for the work they have completed
  • The overall mark at the end of the two years is based on the credits the students have received – Distinction (170-200 credits); Merit (140-169 credits); Pass (120-139 credits)
  • Further Study:
    • Post Leaving Cert Course
    • Apprenticeship



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