The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.
The programme sets out to recognise the talents of all students and to provide opportunities for developing personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. The programme focuses on the talents of each student and helps students apply what they learn to the real world.
The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called sessions. Achievements are credited in each session.
There is more information about the Leaving Certificate Applied course in this list of frequently asked questions.
Courses are offered in three main areas:
- Vocational preparation, involving work experience, enterprise and communication
- General education, offering lifeskills, the arts, social education, leisure and language
- Vocational education.
Each course consists of a number of modules. Each module takes place over half
a year. There is also a wide range of practical courses, called vocational specialisms, from which the student can choose.
Assessment and examinations
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and there is a final examination.
Assessment takes place on the completion of modules and practical activities that allow the student to integrate the learning from different courses.
The final examination must be taken in the following areas:
- English and communication
- Two vocational specialisms
- Mathematical applications
- Social education.
There are written and oral examinations in all languages. There are practical examinations in the vocational specialisms. The written examinations take place in June, at the same time as the examinations for the established Leaving Certificate.
The certificate awarded
Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education and Skills. The certificate is awarded at three levels: