The Leaving Cert Applied Programme is a distinct; separate two-year Leaving Cert Course. The course is aimed at preparing students for working life. The programme places emphasis on forms of achievement which the established Leaving Cert has not focussed on in the past. The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called sessions. The student’s achievements are credited in each of these sessions. Courses are offered in three main areas:

  • Vocational Preparation focuses on preparation for work, work experience, enterprise and communication.
  • General Education concentrates on the student’s general life skills, including language, leisure, arts and social education.
  • Vocational Education is concerned with the development of mathematical and information technology and the practical skills necessary for specialist areas such as retail management, horticulture, engineering and technology. Information technology, the arts, leisure and recreation studies are required courses.

Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education. This Certificate will be awarded at three levels – Pass, Merit, and Distinction. After completing the Leaving Cert Applied the student is eligible for further education and training including apprenticeships.

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