LCVP is a Senior Cycle Programme designed to give a strong vocational dimension to the Leaving Certificate. The programme combines the virtues of academic study with a new dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community.

Requirements for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, which is of two years’ duration, are as follows:

  • LCVP students must take a minimum of five Leaving Certificate Subjects (at higher, ordinary or foundation level) including Irish.
  • Two of the above must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings (these are groups of Leaving Cert subjects which link naturally together).
  • They must follow a recognised course in a Modern European Language (other than Irish or English).
  • They must study two additional Link Modules, Preparation for the World of Work • and Enterprise Education.
    One weeks Work Experience.
    Should your son do LCVP?

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    When selecting subjects for Senior Cycle, many people presume that LCVP is a subject. But  it’s not a subject, it’s a programme. A student must have a certain combination of 2 subjects to be allowed to sign up for it. I will explain…

    LCVP's objective is to prepare the student for the world of work - this includes doing work experience, preparing his CV, interview practice, a great deal of time spent in the Computer Room, career investigations and more. The Leaflet attached will explain LCVP's purpose, requirements and ways in which it is assessed.  It also lists clearly the combinations of subjects which a student MUST have one of to be allowed to do the Programme.

    Why would a student opt to do LCVP?  One reason is it’s seen as  a safety net. How so?

    It has 3 grades of awards. The points gained from earning a Distinction are 66 which is equal to a H4 in a LC Higher Paper. The exam and portfolio are completed before the student finishes classes in May. One less exam in June is an advantage. It is considered a safety net as a student who doesn’t do as well as expected or as he needs to can substitute the LCVP Award points if they are Merit or Distinction for the lowest subject points of his LC Results. Nobody can predict what illness or event will occur during their exams, and they may find themselves at a disadvantage when the results come out. The fact that their LCVP Exam is done in May, the Portfolio submitted before that, means that he can concentrate on his other 6 subjects and still have one in the bag, so to speak.

    There are other reasons for doing LCVP – it is what it says – preparation for the world of work. It bridges the academic aspect of our Leaving Cert with valuable experience in a workplace, gives opportunities to learn more about career choices, how to work, and more.

    Is it a good idea for your son to take it up (if he has the correct subject combination)?

    • If he is taking on another subject outside of school – No – he has enough to do.
    • If he doesn’t keep on task with projects and assignments and doesn’t meet deadlines – No – this is about all those things. (preparation for the world of work)
    • If he may need a safety net as he is weak enough in 1 or 2 of them, and he is willing to keep on task – Yes – it will be good for him.
    • If he has done TY, done the work experience there, done the career investigations, become certified in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, is prepared to do his projects and submit on time – Yes – it should be perfectly suited to your son, because he's had a taste of some of this content before.

    If he is eager and driven to get the most out of what he does and take advantage of opportunities to learn about possible careers – Yes – he should do well. Whether he has TY or not makes no difference, it is the attitude that he brings to 5th year that will make the difference across all his subjects.

    The subject combinations – any Career Guidance Teacher will tell you that a student should not pick subjects just because they want to do LCVP. The subjects should be chosen on the basis that they have an aptitude/talent/enjoyment/interest in this area after school – the right reasons. If he gets these subjects and they match up to the combinations listed, (there are no exceptions, these must match) then he is eligible to do LCVP.

    A few more things to keep in mind about LCVP:

    • It will be timetabled against PE
    • If you enlist you must soldier – meaning if you say yes, there is no pulling out of it in September or October. Classes will be formed and teachers assigned for the number who expressed interest which cannot be reversed.
    • If you are not continuing either French or Spanish into 5th year, you will have to do 1 class a week of a language. If you have never done a language, you will do 1 very basic class of a language. There is no exam at all at the end of 6th year in this language, but it is a requirement that it be timetabled for an LCVP student.

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    Transition Year

    Our Transition Year Programme although optional, is very firmly academically founded where students experience all Leaving Cert subjects, thereby helping them make informed subject choices for Senior Cycle.
    However, Transition Year has a very practical component where the emphasis is on discovery/experiential learning in the form of project work. There is a strong focus on cultivating life skills alongside personal development whilst fostering confidence and maturity. Transition Year is ideally suited to the younger student who needs time to develop/mature and the ambitious student aiming for higher points in the Leaving Cert. It has been well established through statistical data that Transition Year graduates achieve on average up to 40 points more than his counterpart who takes the direct route from Junior Cert to Leaving Cert.

    Activities include:

    • Microsoft Office Specialist
    • First Aid
    • The “Public Access to Law Course”
    • Drive for Life
    • An Gaisce
    • Film Making
    • Establishment of Mini Companies
    • Cultural experiences
    • Speech & Drama
    • Young Scientist
    • Debating
    • Work Experience
    • Future Leaders Program
    • e-Learning Portfolio
    • Forensics Module
    • Chinese Module

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