Transition Year



What is Transition Year?

Transition Year is a one-year optional programme between Junior Cycle and any of the two year Senior Cycle programmes that is devised by the school. Transition Year offers learners an opportunity to mature and develop without the pressure of an examination. Our Transition Year Programme can change from year to year depending on resources and student interest and engagement. In order to ensure that Transition Year is accessible to all students we endeavour to keep the fees associated with this programme as low as possible by being mindful of costs when planning all activities.

The Aim of Transition Year

  • Education for maturity with an emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence
  • The acquisition of general, technical and academic skills including communication and enterprise skills
  • Education through experience of adult and working life

Learning in TY

Learning in TY takes place in a number of different ways;

  • Activity based learning
  • Modules in a large range of subjects and courses
  • Group Work, discussions, debate, interview and role play
  • Guest speakers and seminars
  • Visits out of school and field trips
  • Work experience and community projects
  • Participation in an on-stage production

The Transition Year Curriculum

In order to meet the aims of Transition Year our Transition Year programme consists of a mix of core subjects that students undertake for the duration of the year along with a series of subject sampling that enables our students to taste all subjects that are available at Leaving Certificate level within the school.

This exposes the Transition Year student to new subjects that they may not have experienced before and provides them with an informed choice when choosing subjects at the end of Transition Year. Students also partake in a range of short courses/modules and additional Transition Year activities that have been devised as part of our Transition Year Programme.

TY Modules

Block 1: 3 periods/wk Block 2: 2 periods/wk Block 3: 3 periods/wk
Engineering / Technology Agricultural Science Art
Childcare Geography Craft
RSE Chemistry Music
Health Education Film Studies Horticulture
History Financial Accounts Life Skills
Politics & Society Physics/Applied Maths Home Economics
Computer Science Geography Construction


These modules will rotate every 4/5 weeks as outlined below:

Rotation 1 1st September – 30th September 4.5 weeks
Rotation 2 3rd October – 28th October 4 weeks
Rotation 3 7th Nov – 9th December 4 weeks (excl. Work Experience beg. 14th Nov)
Rotation 4 12th December – 27th January 5 weeks (excl. Christmas break)
Rotation 5 30th January – 10th March 5 weeks (excl. Mid Term)
Rotation 6 13th March – 21st April 4 wks (excl. Easter break)
Rotation 7 1st May – 2nd June 5 weeks


Work Experience

Students will participate in two periods of work experience, each for the duration of one week. For many of our students this will be the first time that they will enter the working world and it is therefore a valuable experience for the Transition Year student. Prior to participating in work experience students will be taught how to seek their own placement and how to prepare and conduct themselves in the world of work.

Students are encouraged to experience two different placements in order to help them make informed decisions about their future career. If an opportunity arises for a Transition Year student to partake in work experience outside the two weeks chosen by the school, the school will support students to avail of that opportunity.

Garda vetting is required for work experience involving children and vulnerable adults (e.g. working in primary schools, crèches and with people with disabilities.) Garda vetting is for over 16’s only and is processed through the school.

Assessment in Transition Year

Assessment in TY takes place in a number of different ways including:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Portfolio of TY Year
  • Work Experience Report
  • Class Presentation
  • Completion of Projects
  • Summative Assessment
  • Formative Assessment

Students will be assessed in TY through several ways such as assignments, projects and exams.  Students will be awarded credits at Christmas for year long subjects as well as when each module ends. Assessment will take place twice during the year at Christmas and in the Summer. This assessment will take the form of school reports as well as a certificate of Achievement at the end of the year which is based on the amount of credits obtained from each subject / module during the year.

Two periods of assessment will occur at Christmas & May. Credits can be awarded by formal written exam, project work, participation, etc.

Subject Credits Sep-Dec Credits Dec-May Total Credits
English /10 /10 /20
Irish /10 /10 /20
Maths /10 /10 /20
French/German/Social Ed /10 /10 /20
Business Studies /10 /10 /20
PE /10 /10 /20
IT /10 /10 /20
Religious Education /10 /10 /20
General Ed/Tutorial /10 /10 /20
Guidance /10 /10 /20
Total /200
4/5 Week Modules
Block 1
Childcare /10
Engineering /10
RSE /10
Health /10
History /10
Computer Science /10
Politics /10
Total /70
Block 2
Biology /10
Geography /10
Chemistry /10
Physics/Applied Maths /10
Ag Science /10
Financial Management /10
Film /10
Total /70
Block 3
Art /10
Craft /10
Music /10
Life Skills /10
Horticulture /10
Home Economics /10
Construction /10
Total /70
Additional Assessment
Work Experience /10 /10 /20
Portfolio/Log /10 /10 /20
Attendance/Online Courses /10 /10 /20
Overall Number of Credits 470/470
Credits Grade Award
400 – 470 A Distinction
300 – 399 B Higher Merit
200 – 299 C Merit
100 – 199 D Pass
0 – 99 E Fail

Benefits of Transition Year

  • Development of lifelong skills through independent self-directed learning
  • Informed subject choices for Senior Cycle
  • Increased opportunity for success in Senior Cycle as TY students perform better
  • Enhanced maturity
  • New skills, talents and hobbies are gained from new experiences
  • Social and emotional competencies are improved
  • Leadership opportunities are provided
  • Development of teambuilding skills
  • Helps to improve confidence and communication with peer and others
  • Valuable lessons are learned from Work Experience
  • Time to reflect and learn about oneself.

Our Expectations

  • 100% attendance and punctuality
  • Commitment to work and to engage with homework o Actively engage with all aspects of the TY curriculum and engage fully in activities
  • Complete homework, assignments and projects to an acceptably good standard
  • Co-operation with teachers and fellow students
  • Active participation in all school organised activities
  • Uphold the good reputation of the school on all activities
  • Act in a respectful, kind and thoughtful manner at all times.