Senior Cycle

The Leaving Certificate

The programme of study followed in senior cycle is of two years duration. The majority of students take the Leaving Certificate (Established) which is the traditional final examination in post-primary education.

Subjects offered are based on the needs of the students each year. Subjects are offered at both higher and ordinary levels.

Students study 7 subjects to Leaving Cert and are encouraged to take subjects at high levels.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme 

Many students take the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) which emphasises enterprise education and preparation for working life. This is an extra subject that is assessed through a portfolio of work and a written exam. Students can use the results to benefit them in the “Points” system.

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.

The advantage of Leaving Certificate Applied is that it focuses on the talents of each individual student and helps students apply what they learn in the real world.

The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called Sessions and achievements are credited through continuous assessment. There is also a work experience element of the course. Successful candidates receive a Leaving Certificate from the State Examinations Commission.