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The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is a programme designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate. The programme was introduced in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and business environment.

The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate with a new and dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community.

This two year programme aims to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs at senior cycle. The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change.

Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success. Throughout the programme students are encouraged to

• be innovative and enterprising

• take responsibility for their own learning

• adapt to changing circumstances

• evaluate data and devise solutions to problems

• communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively

• work with others as part of a team

• investigate and plan career options • use information and communications technologies

• investigate local business and community enterprises

• learn from their experiences.

These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.


Requirements for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, which is of two years’ duration, are as follows:

• LCVP students must take a minimum of five Leaving Certificate Subjects (at Higher, Ordinary or Foundation Level) including Irish.

• Two of the above must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings.

• They must study the two Link Modules, namely Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

• Students are required to follow a recognised course in a Modern European Language (other than Irish or English).


LCVP students receive the same certificate as students of the Leaving Certificate. An additional statement of the grade received for the Link Modules is appended to the certificate.

Grades for the Link Modules are awarded as follows:

Distinction (80% or over)              66 Points

Merit (< 80% and > 59%)               46 Points

Pass (< 60% and > 49%)                 28 Points



In a changing world, as well as learning knowledge, students need to develop skills to create new knowledge and to deal with and navigate their way through this new world. There are five skills identified as central to teaching and learning across the curriculum at senior cycle.  These skills are important for all learners to achieve their full potential, both during their time in school and into the future.

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Information Processing
  • Communications
  • Working with others
  • Being personally effective.

As learners develop competence in each of the five skills in an integrated way they also develop competence in learning how to learn.  In order that learners benefit from their interaction with the key skills, it is important that they would encounter them frequently and in an integrated way right across the curriculum.


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