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Leaving Cert Applied (LCA)

What is the Leaving Cert Applied (LCA)?

  • It is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing learners for adult and working life
  • It emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past
  • It offers learners specific opportunity to prepare for and progress to further education and training.

Who would benefit most from the Leaving Certificate Applied?

  • Learners who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes.
  • Learners who choose not to opt for those programmes.

How it Works?

The LCA is a single award made on the basis of credits accumulated over two years and in the final examinations. A candidate may accumulate 200 credits. Candidate achievement and performance is recorded in three modes as follows:

  • Students gain credits from Key Assignments completed in class.
  • Students all do projects called Tasks throughout the year.
  • Students sit six exams in June.
  • The Program is broken into 4 sessions, running over the two years
    • Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4
  • Students must have at least 90% attendance.
  • The LCA is awarded at three levels:
    • Pass 120 < 140 credits (60 – 70%)
    • Merit 140 < 170 credits (70 – 85%)
    • Distinction 170 < 200 credits (85 – 100%)

Where is the LCA is on the National Framework?
LCA is equivalent to a Level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

National Framework

What can I do after the LCA?

  • You can go onto a College of Further Education (Level 5/6) and then progress to Further & Higher Education (Level 7/10)
  • You could apply for the Defence Forces or the Garda.
  • You can do an apprenticeship.
  • You could go straight into a job / career.

Subjects we do?

  • Vocational Preparation & Guidance
  • English & Communication
  • Maths
  • Intro to ICT
  • Arts Education
  • Social Education
  • German
  • Irish
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • ICT – Specialism
  • Childcare – Specialism
  • Hotel Catering & Tourism – Elective
  • Graphics & Construction – Elective
    * Specialism and Electives can change year on year.



Contact Details

Tramore Youthreach
Tramore Further Education and Training Centre
Seapoint  Business Park,
Co, Waterford.

Tel: (051)338447


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