Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained Leaving Certificate programme. It is designed for those students who do not wish to proceed directly to third level education or for those whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the other two Leaving Certificate programmes.

This is a two-year programme for Leaving Certificate and includes a lot of practical work, tasks and work experience. There is continuous assessment, which means that work completed over the two years is counted as part of the final result. Attendance is very important.

Credits towards the final award are accumulated throughout the two years of the programme through:

1.) Satisfactory completion of modules. (Maximum of 62 credits)
2.) Performance of students tasks. (Maximum of 70 credits)
3.) Performance in the final examinations. (Maximum of 68 credits)

The programme consists of a range of courses each designed on a modular basis. The number of modules depends on the course. The full list of course and modules can be downloaded here. Each year of the two year programme is divided into two sessions, September to January and February to June. A module within a given course is usually completed within one session. Over the two year duration of the programme, participants will complete 44 modules. Course participants accumulate credits toward their final result at the end of each session.

lca-overview-leaflet (from PDST)

lca_programme_statement (from DES)

Some useful links:

PDST http://www.pdst.ie/lca

Citizen’s Information


Curriculum Online – LCA

State Examinations Commission – LCA