The Leaving Certificate Vocational program (LCVP) combines the academic strengths of the Established Leaving Certificate with a new and dynamic focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise. 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.


The department has a staff of two full time teachers who possess extensive knowledge and expertise in this area. Both teachers are teaching the course for a number of years. The department has a subject coordinator. Regular meetings take place to set the timetable of events for the year and to explore new ways of teaching the subject. Both teachers attend in-service on different topics relating to the course on a regular basis. The numbers taking this course are very high each year.

Course Content

Students taking the Leaving Certificate Examination will follow two Link Modules over the course of the two years.

Link Module I – Preparation for the World of Work

Students will research and investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques, gain valuable practical experience of the world of work, interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them.

Link Module II – Enterprise Education

Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises, meet and interview enterprising people on site and in the classroom, plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity and initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.

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 businesses and community enterprises
  • Learn from their experiences.


  • Students undertake this along with the established Leaving Certificate
  • For most students it is an extra subject onto the Leaving Certificate
  • Students who qualify can use L.C.V.P. as 1 of their 6 subjects for CAO points calculation.
  • Must have 5 Leaving Certificate Subjects
  • 2 of these subjects have to be from designated Vocational Subject Group (VSG).
  • Irish or exemption from Irish
  • Do 2 Elements: Preparation for Work & Enterprise Education


The Link Module is assessed by a Portfolio (60%) and a written examination (40%).

The portfolio consists of 6 items and has to be completed by March of the Leaving Certificate year. The written exam consists of 3 parts, audio-visual, case study and long questions. The exam is sat in May of the Leaving Certificate year.

There are 4 grades that students can achieve in the Link Modules:

  • Distinction (80%+), Worth 70 CAO points 
  • Merit (65 – 79%) Worth 50 CAO Points
  • Pass (50 – 65%) Worth 30 CAO points
  • Unsuccessful (Under 50%). 

Subject Facilities

LCVP is taught in two rooms which are both equipped with internet access, a data projector, a computer and a printer. 

The school’s two computer rooms are timetabled for use by the LCVP classes in order to facilitate students in creating their portfolios.

Department Activities

  • Prepare a CV 
  • Visitors to the classroom
  • Visits out
  • Work Experience – 1 Week in February
  • Run a mini enterprise
  • Investigate a chosen career
  • 5 Minute Recorded Interview



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