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.
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
- Intro to ICT
- Arts Education
- Social Education
- Leisure & Recreation
- ICT – Specialism
- Childcare – Specialism
- Hotel Catering & Tourism – Elective
- Graphics & Construction – Elective
* Specialism and Electives can change year on year.