Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical Leaving Certificate programme with a Vocational Focus.   It is a practical programme with results based on assignments, tasks, interviews, attendance (90% required) and work experience and exams.

What is different about the Leaving Cert Applied?

  • It is a practical Leaving Certificate programme
  • Emphasis on preparation for the world of work and life-long learning
  • Work experienceis a significant component of the programme
  • Learning experiences are active and practical where students apply their knowledge, skills and experience to real life situations in the school, in the workplace and in the wider community
  • Enhances the self-esteem and confidence of students
  • There is less emphasis on the final examinations
  • Coursework is assessed throughout the two years and students’ gain ‘credits’ as they go along
  • Students’ work and skill development is assessed in different ways—interviews, written, oral and practical components
  • Four times throughout the two years students get a statement of their results from the State Examinations Commission

What courses (subjects) are offered in LCA?

Vocational Preparation & Guidance English & Communication
Mathematical Applications Information & Communication Technology
Arts Education Social Education
Gaeilge Chumarsáideach Modern Language
Leisure & Recreation Active Leisure Studies
Agriculture/Horticulture Childcare/Community Care
Craft & Design Graphics & Construction Studies
Hair & Beauty Hotel Catering & Tourism
Information & Communication Technology