Leaving Cert Applied

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The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) is a two year Leaving Certificate programme available to students who wish to follow a practical programme with a strong vocational emphasis.

The programme is a more practical course with the main form of assessment being continual assessment. Students complete key assignments and tasks at specified dates throughout fifth and sixth year.

Each assignment includes an element of student reflection on their learning and work carried out, as well as developing students’ communication skills. Students also complete some final exams in certain modules where results are collated with their task results. 


Students are required to take courses in each of the following areas:

  • Programme Statement 12
  • Vocational Preparation & Guidance 8
  • English and Communication 4
  • Vocational Specialisms (2 full courses) 8 (4 x 2 )
  • Mathematical Applications 4
  • Introduction to Information and Communication Technology 2
  • Social Education 6

  • Gaeilge 2
  • Modern European Language 2
  • Sign Language for participants from the deaf community (4)
  • Arts Education (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts) 2
  • Leisure and Recreation (including Physical Education) 2
  • Participants must complete four elective modules 4

More information can be found on the LCA Programme here.

Click here to read an Irish Times article on the Leaving Cert Applied Programme. The article follows a busy week in the life of a Leaving Cert Applied student from a school in Arklow.

LCA Activities in Larkin