LCA - Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied programme is a senior cycle programme designed for students whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the traditional Leaving Certificate programme. It is a student centred programme and is based on active and practical educational experiences.

Aims and Principles of LCA

→ Prepares students for the transition from school to that of adult working life.
→ Develops students' responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge.
→ Develops students communication and decision making skills.
→ Encourages independence.
→ Focuses on students needs and interests.
→ Active teaching and learning.

Elements of LCA

LCA is a Senior cycle programme and is two years duration. There are 3 main elements:

Subjects Offered in LCA

*(Participants from the deaf community are allowed to study Sign Language as an alternative to Gaeilge and a Modern Language.)

Assessment and Examination

Over the two years the students complete modules in each subject and student tasks. The students accumulate credits, which are allocated as follows:
  Satisfactory completion of modules62 credits31%
  7 student tasks70 credits35%
  Final Exams68 credits34%
At the end of year 2 the students take final examinations in:
  English and Communications  Mathematical Applications
  Information and Communications Technology  Sign Language
  Hotel Catering and Tourism  Social Education

After LCA

On completion of the LCA programme students can go directly into employment, on to further education or into apprenticeships.

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