Senior Cycle Education

Senior cycle education is the period of education that follows the junior cycle and is generally taken by students between the ages of 15 and 18. Senior cycle education in Mulroy College may be of two or three year’s duration. Students may follow a two-year Leaving Certificate programme or they may take an additional optional year at the start of their senior cycle. This year is called Transition Year.

Senior Cycle Curriculum Review

A number of Leaving Certificate subjects are currently under various stages of review. Follow the links to find out more about the senior cycle as it is now and the developments that are underway

Key Skills Framework


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.

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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.

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Assessment at Senior Cycle