Leaving Certificate Applied Guidelines

The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme in Cabinteely Community School is alternative standalone programme which gives an amazing opportunity for students to achieve a Leaving Cert exam while learning practical life skills. It is based on continuous assessment where students earn credits. It is aimed at preparing students who prefer practical learning over academic study for working life /Further Education/Higher Education.

Assessment is based on credits. Credits are earned through seven student tasks, which are project based, exams in seven subjects and through having 90% attendance and completing four key assignments per subject module.

Students are assessed each January and June of the two-year cycle. Subjects include English and Communications, Mathematical Applications, Information Technology, Gaeilge, Modern Foreign Language, Social Education, Hotel Catering and Tourism, Craft and Design, Music/Visual Art/Drama, Hair and Beauty, Childcare, Construction Studies/Engineering, Vocational Preparation and Guidance and Leisure and Recreation.

We have set out below the guidelines for students to be successful in the LCA Programme.


A minimum 90% attendance is a basic requirement of the Leaving Certificate Applied. Lengthy or repeated absence must be covered by a doctor’s cert. Any holidays taken during the course of the two year programme will not be accepted as a legitimate absence and may result in participants losing out on credits.

Application to Classwork

We require that every student do their best in relation to class work. Credit will not be given for work that is not considered to be the best that a student can do, regardless of quality.

Work Experience

Work experience forms a core to Leaving Certificate Applied. Students must arrange their own work experience placements. Students will not attend school on Fridays in order to do their work experience in both 5th and 6th Year. It is recommended that work experience be completed in at least three different career areas. For each work experience placement students must complete satisfactorily and return their Work Experience Diary. Employer Report Cards must also be returned.

Students will be monitored carefully on Work Experience placements and where possible a member of the teaching staff will visit and interview both the student and their employer.


Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Overview

The LCVP is a Leaving Certificate with a focus on enterprise and preparation for working life. It is a two-year programme that combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate with a dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community. In most ways the LCVP is like the established Leaving Certificate. LCVP students take two additional courses, called Link Modules, in the areas of Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.
Since September 2022, all senior cycle students are eligible to take this subject.

A portfolio worth 60% is due in March of 6th Year. It is composed of a number of elements including a CV, work experience diary and enterprise report.

LCVP is assessed in the May of 6th year. The exam is worth 40%.

LCVP can be used to supplement CAO Points. Points are awarded as follows:

Distinction 66
Merit 46
Pass 28