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The Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate 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 had not recognised in the past. It is an innovative programme in the way students learn, in what they learn and in the way their achievements are assessed. It is a person-centred programme involving a cross-curricular approach rather than a subject based structure. It has as its primary objective the preparation of participants for adult and working life through relevant learning experiences which develop the following areas of human endeavour; spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and physical. The framework of the Leaving Certificate Applied consists of a number of modules grouped under three general headings:

  • General Education
  • Vocational Education
  • Vocational Preparation

The Leaving Certificate Applied is intended to meet the needs of those students who either chose not to opt for other Leaving Certificate Programmes or who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate Programmes.

Graduates of the Leaving Certificate Applied do not have direct access to Higher Education through the Central Applications Office (CAO). However, graduates of the Leaving Certificate Applied who progress to an approved further education award can become eligible for admission to some third level courses in the Institutes of Technology and following that to some degree courses in the Institutes of Technology and in the Universities. 

(taken from www.education.ie)

In Moyne LCA students study the following subjects
Hotel, Catering and Tourism  or  Engineering
Craft and Design   or  Graphics and Construction Studies
Vocational Preparation and Training
Mathematical Applications
English and Communication
Art Drama
Information and Communication Technology
Social Education
Leisure and Recreation
Communicative Irish
Religious Education

Students also undertake on day a week of work experience throughout the school year

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