The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate, available to Coláiste/Gaelcholáiste Choilm students who wish to follow a practical or vocationally oriented programme. A key aspect of the programme is enabling students to prepare for adult and working life. The word ‘applied’ is used because the programme is designed to allow students to apply the learning and experiences they gain over the two years of the programme to practical educational tasks at school, in the workplace and in the wider community.
The Leaving Certificate Applied is different in a number of ways:
- It is a practical programme that makes wide use of active and student-centred learning methodologies.
- It includes seven Student Tasks that bring together the different learning experiences that the students have acquired from the subjects they have taken.
- It uses a unique system of assessment. The students’ work is assessed over the two years of the programme and they gain credits as they progress through curriculum. Practicals, interviews and written exams are among the different forms of assessment used. The students’ communication, problem-solving and practical skills are also assessed.
Our Leaving Certificate Applied students study a variety of subjects across the two year programme such as English and Communications, Mathematical Applications, Gaeilge, Spanish, Art, Hotel Catering and Tourism, Physical Education, Information Technology, Construction Studies, Hair and Beauty, Social Education, Preparation for the World of Work and Religion.
Work Experience is an integral part of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme. Work Experience is split into four sessions across the two year programme: Session 1 September – December (5th Year), Session 2 January to May (5th Year), Session 3 September – December (6th Year) – Session 4 January – May (6th Year). Our students are strongly encouraged to undertake a unique work experience for each session. This is to ensure both a varied exposure to the working world and a broader competency ability ahead of life after secondary school.