Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) To be introduced at Deele College

Deele College are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Department of Education and Skills to be included in the first phase of schools to offer Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) as an optional subject for examination.

The LCPE will be introduced from September 2018 at Deele College. LCPE is an optional subject in which the students will study and are examined in, as part of the Leaving Certificate, with CAO points allocated accordingly. The new Leaving Certificate Physical Education examinable subject will have three assessment components:
• A physical activity project,
• A performance assessment
• A written examination.

Sports psychology and skill techniques will be among the areas studied. The subject will be available at both higher and ordinary level.

“This is an exciting day for Physical Education in Irish Education system, and particularly exciting for Deele College. I am thrilled that we have been selected to participate in the upcoming pilot project in LCPE. Being a teacher of PE for 18 years I thought the day would never come that PE would be eligible for examination. This was talked about 18 years ago when I was a newly qualified PE teacher, and many times over the last 18 years, but it never came to fruition, until now. I am truly over the moon that progress has finally be made.” – Liz Gordon (PE Teacher).

Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley expressed his delight with the news, stating ‘Congratulations to the management and staff of our three schools [Deele College, Moville Community College and Abbey Vocational School] in being successful in the application process. There was a very strong interest in schools in teaching the subject. The selection of three Donegal ETB schools is a testament to the high standards of teaching and learning taking place in its schools across the county. The benefits for the students as they continue their learning journey at Senior Cycle will be far-reaching: including improved health and fitness among young people; raising awareness of physical health; and increasing the range of subjects on offer.