St Vincent's Secondary School

Leaving Certificate Applied

Leaving Certificate Applied

Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied programme is a two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme sets out to recognise the talents of each student and to provide opportunities for developing skills, personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge.

Course Structure
The Programme is divided into three areas: Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education, General Education

Vocational Preparation
  • Vocational Preparation and Guidance
  • Work experience: (each Friday of term time) students take responsibility for securing their own work experience, and students are encouraged to undertake a variety of work experience placements over the course of the two years of the programme. In exceptional circumstances where a student is unsuccessful in securing a work placement, the school will endeavour to find her a placement.
  • English and Communications

Vocational Education

  • Hotel Catering and Tourism (Vocational Specialism)
  • Information and Communications Technology (Vocational Specialism)

General Education

  • Religion (elective) Science (elective)
  • Craft and Design (elective)
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Social Education
  • Introduction to Information and Communications Technology
  • Gaeilge Chumarsáideach
  • French (Modern European Language)
  • Visual Art (Arts Education)
  • Leisure and Recreation

There are three modes of assessment in the programme: Module completion, Student Tasks, Final written examinations and Practical examinations

Module Completion
Courses are divided into modules. On completion of a module the teacher verifies that students have completed the key assignments associated with the module and have attended 90% of classes associated with that module. Students meeting these criteria are awarded credits towards their final overall result at the end of January in any given year and or at the end of May in any given year.

Student Tasks
Students carry out 7 Tasks over the course of the two years; 1 in session 1 of year one, 2 in session 2 of year 2 and 3 in session 3 in Year 2. The final Task is undertaken over the course of the two years. The State Examinations Commission examines tasks and results are issued to the student at the beginning of the following session.

Final Examinations
Practical examinations take place in May of year two in both Vocational Specialisms: Hotel Catering and Tourism, and Information and Communications Technology.

Written examinations take place in June of year two in Mathematical Applications, Gaeilge Chumarsáideach, English and Communications, French (Modern European Language) and Social Education.

Oral Examinations take place in May of year 2 in English and Communication. Oral exams for Gaeilge Chumarsáideach and French (Modern European Language) are rotated between year 1 and year 2.

Further information is available at


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