The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.
The programme sets out to recognise the talents of all students and to provide opportunities for developing personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. The programme focuses on the talents of each student and helps students apply what they learn to the real world.
Courses are offered in three main areas:
- Vocational Preparation, involving work experience, enterprise and communication
- General Education, offering life skills, the arts, social education, leisure and language
- Vocational Education.
Who is it suitable for?
Those who are most successful at LCA and who gain most from the programme are generally students who:
- 1. Are not interested in final examinations or who find the pressure of everything resting on one final exam too much
- 2. Do not intend going on to an I.T. or University immediately but who do not want to rule it out as an option in the future
- 3. Enjoy project work and attend school regularly
Do Leaving Certificate Applied students receive a Leaving Certificate?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a Leaving Certificate from the State Examinations Commission. All credits awarded will be recorded on the Leaving Certificate Applied parchment.
What’s different about The Leaving Certificate Applied is that students are examined on their work as they go along. There are 3 ways in which students gain marks:
- 1. Credits (marks) are awarded twice per year
- The programme is divided into half year blocks called ‘sessions’ of which there are four over the two year programme. Students are assessed on their work in January and May of each year when a session ends.
- 2. Credits (marks) are awarded for Tasks (major projects)
- Student Tasks (projects) are assessed during an interview by external examiners appointed by the Department of Education and Science. These Tasks may be in a variety of formats – written, audio, video, artefact etc. and each student is required to produce a report on the process of completing the Task.
- 3. Final examinations
- These take place in June with the other Certificate Examinations