This is an alternative Leaving Certificate programme developed by the Department of Education and Skills which emphasises personal development and transferable skills. It is more practically based than the traditional Leaving Cert and is designed to meet the needs of students who would have difficulty with the traditional programme. Class size is restricted to 24 and students who apply for a place are interviewed during the last term of their Junior Certificate Programme.


Students study a variety of subjects including English and Communication, Mathematical Applications, Information Technology, Vocational Preparation and Guidance, Music, Leisure & Recreation, Social Education, Religious Education, Communicative Irish and a modern language. Students also study two vocational subjects that reflect their interests. Currently we offer Hotel Catering and Tourism, Engineering and Childcare. Progress is assessed on an on-going basis and credits are awarded for satisfactory completion of modules. Students complete four work experience placements and in this case their performance is assessed by employers and teachers.

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