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What is the Leaving Certificate Applied?
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.
Why was the Leaving Certificate Applied introduced?
The Leaving Certificate Applied was introduced to recognise the talents of all students and provide opportunities for development in terms of responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. It is an innovative programme in the way students learn, in what they learn and in the way their achievements are assessed
Who would benefit most from the Leaving Certificate Applied?
The Leaving Certificate Applied is intended to meet the needs of those students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes or who choose not to opt for such programmes.
What is the advantage of the Leaving Certificate Applied?
The advantage of Leaving Certificate Applied is that it focuses on the talents of each individual student and helps students apply what they learn in the real world. The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called Sessions and achievements are credited in each of these Sessions.
What courses are offered?
For details of courses offered please refer to the modules page.
Do students have a choice within the Leaving Certificate Applied?
Each course consists of a number of modules. A module generally represents a half-year’s work and there is provision for some choice of modules. Choice also exists in relation to Vocational Specialisms. Two courses are selected from the following Vocational Specialisms:
- Hotel Catering and Tourism
- Office Administration and Customer Care
- Childcare/Community Care
- Graphics and Construction Studies
- Craft and Design
- Hair and Beauty
- Information and Communications Technology
- Active Leisure Studies
- Four elective modules must also be chosen
Four elective modules must be chosen from course areas where extra modules are available. Two courses, Religious Education and Science also offer modules that can be taken as electives. It is not allowable to choose elective modules from Vocational Specialisms already being taken.
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.
For more information see the LCA website: www.lca.slss.ie