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 programme puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence, which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past.

The programme has a strong vocational dimension which equips students with skills for the world of work.

The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called Sessions Students’ achievements are credited in each of these Sessions which form part of their final result. Each course consists of a number of modules. A module generally represents a half-year’s work.
Students carry out a number of tasks or projects over the two-year period which they also gain credits for

Work Experience is an important part of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme and is carried out on Friday each week.

Subjects include:

English & Communications
Mathematical Applications
Social Education
Irish (Year 1)
Spanish (Year 2)
Vocational Preparation
Career Guidance
Information Technology
Science\Agricultural Science
Religion
Arts Education
Leisure & Recreation
Hotel, Catering & Tourism
Graphics & Construction
Personal Reflection

On completion of the two-year programme, students have the choice of entering the work place or continuing their academic studies by progressing to an approved further education award.

A Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course can become eligible for admission to some third-level courses in the Institutes of Technology and then some degree courses in the Institutes of Technologies and Universities