Senior Cycle Options
The Next Step for Third Year Students…
There are a lot of options for students to pick as they move into Senior Cycle. This page is part of a wider body of work and initiatives undertaken to help students to pick the option best for them.
Students can choose three paths after Third Year:
Please note students can submit their 2020/2021 senior options using the dedicated MSForm that will be shared through the Third Year and Transition Year Hub in Teams. This can be accessed with the students school email.
Students are asked to consider their possible paths and return their choice on the official form by the given date. If you have any questions or issues, please contact any member of the Career Guidance Department for support and information.
Students can choose to enter an apprenticeship post Junior Cycle also. Please see our Guidance Counsellors if you have any questions in regards to apprenticeships.
Virtual Senior Options Night 2020
This year, we are unable to host our Senior Options information night in person so please see below for a virtual presentation. Many thanks.
Quick Checklist when choosing:
Factors to consider:
- Strength of interest in subject at Junior Cert
- College Requirements
- Course requirements
- Talk to your parents/guardians
- Talk to students in 5th Year/6th Year/Past students
- Ask your teacher
- Look up careersportal.ie/school website
All paths should be considered. Students are encouraged to talk with their parents/guardians, the Guidance department, their teachers/subject teachers in the school, students currently undertaking paths of study and subjects.
Please find below a detailed booklet created by our Guidance Department to help:
More Information on Subject Options
For the traditional Leaving Certificate, students study the following:
- 3 core subjects – English, Irish, Maths (students must choose a level for each or indicate if they have an exemption for that subject)
- 4 option subjects from the below list –
Students will be asked to choose their subjects in order of preference, with 1 the subject they most wish to study. Students are asked to choose six subjects in order of preference. In the unlikely event that a student does not receive their first four choices, students should take care with choosing their fifth and sixth choices and be happy to study either option.
Careers Portal Subject index: https://careersportal.ie/school/subject_explorer.php
More information on Leaving Certificate subjects:
All students are asked to discuss their subject choices with their teachers and with the Career Guidance department. Click on the image or subject title to increase image size/see more information.
Click here for more information on Biology
Click here for more information on Technology
Click here for more information on Physics
Click here for more information on Engineering
Click here for a video on a student experience of Art
Click here for more information on Physics
Click here for more information on Accounting
Click here for more information on Business
Click here for more information on Economics
Click here for more information on LCVP
Click here for more information on D.C.G.
Click here for more information on Construction Studies
Click here for more information on Home Economics
Click here for more information on Music
Presentation on traditional Leaving Certificate from the night:
Please note this will replaced by the presentation video after Monday 7th of December.
Subject Requirement Search @ College
LC Subject Research
Course Search @ College
Information on LCVP
LCVP is an extra subject you can take when taking the traditional Leaving Certificate. LCVP has extra career preparation and enterprise subjects. LCVP students take at least five subjects. These include English, Irish, plus two subjects from specified vocational subject groupings, and a Modern European language (other than Irish or English). LCVP students also take three Link Modules on Enterprise Education, Preparation for Work and Work Experience.
Distinction, merit and pass grades are awarded to successful candidates. CAO points are awarded for these grades (Distinction 66 points, Merit 46 points and Pass 28 points). The points awarded for LCVP can count as one of the six subjects that qualify for CAO Points (instead of your subject with the lowest point). This can be great to help you get the course you want.
The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate (established) with a dynamic focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise. During this two year programme students complete a portfolio of work that accounts for 60% of their overall grade. The terminal exam, which takes place in May of the 6th year, accounts for the remaining 40% so there is no exam during June. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.
To be eligible for LCVP, students must:
- study either French/German
- have one of the following option groupings –
Students are advised to pick their option subjects first and then see if they are compatible with LCVP.
To find out more information on LCVP, see the presentation below or click here.
Leaving Certificate Applied
LCA is a distinct, self-contained Leaving Certificate programme. It is strongly ‘vocational’ which means that it’s more job and employment focused than the other two programmes.
It is a perfect choice for those whose interests, needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the traditional Leaving Certificate programme. The Leaving Certificate Applied is structured around three main elements – Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education – which are interrelated and interdependent. This programme is characterised by educational experiences of an active, practical and student-centred nature. Students engage in personal educational goals as well as participating in group assignments. The two year programme is broken down into four semesters in which students can work towards credits. The course is based on a foundation of continuous assessment and terminal exams. Credits are awarded for completion of Key Assignments, tasks and achieving 90% attendance. Students are also awarded credits for performance in a series of interviews where they are required to talk about and reflect on their learning experiences. Students are required to complete eight weeks of work experience over the duration of the two year course.
For more information on the Leaving Cert Applied programme click here.
Click here for leaflet: 6. a. LCA Overview leaflet
Click here for leaflet: 6. b. LCA Personal Reflection Task leaflet
Transition Year Programme
Transition Year is a one year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle. It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependant learning of the Junior Cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle. It is assessed in a number of ways, including the use of portfolio and reflective diaries.
Students should be aware that entry into Transition Year will involve an interview process.
Please see below for the pdf of last year’s TY Presentation:
More Useful Websites
- www.education.ie – syllabi (what you will be studying) for courses
- www.skoool.ie / www.scoilnet.ie – covers most school subjects
- www.careersportal.ie / www.qualifax.ie – (national courses database, full information on courses, links to all college websites, subject choice, links to educational websites)
- College websites
Some more information:
- Career test https://www.123test.com/career-test/
- Personality Test: https://www.123test.com/jung-personality-test/