Senior Cycle

The Leaving Certificate (Established) is a two-year programme that aims to provide learners with a broad, balanced education while also offering some specialisation towards a particular career option.

Students following the Leaving Certificate (Established) programme are required to study at least five subjects, one of which must be Irish unless an exemption applies [see Irish Exemption section of website]. In general, students take five or more subjects for examination.

All subjects are offered at two levels, ordinary and higher. Irish and Mathematics are available at foundation level also.

Click here for Syllabuses and Prescribed Material (prescribed material comprises literature, academic works, musical pieces, etc. on which exam questions can be based) 

The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) is a two-year programme designed for those students who do not wish to proceed directly to higher education or for those whose needs, aptitudes and learning styles are not fully catered for by the other two Leaving Certificate programmes. Participants in the Leaving Certificate Applied are mainly engaged in work and study of an active, practical and learner-centred nature.

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme(LCVP) is a Leaving Certificate with a focus on enterprise and preparation for working life. This two-year programme combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate with a dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community.

Information on both the LCA and LCVP can be found at:

 

The State Examinations Commission (SEC): (www.examinations.ie)

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is a non-departmental public body under the aegis of the Department.

Practicals/Orals:

The SEC is responsible for the development, assessment, accreditation and certification of the second-level examinations of the Irish state: the Junior Certificate and the Leaving Certificate.  Information relating to the orals and practical elements (projects and practical coursework) of the examinations is also dealt with by the SEC.

Non Curricular EU Languages:

The State Examinations Commission also provides examinations in a range of subjects in the language area referred to as the Non-Curricular EU Languages. These are languages which do not appear as part of the normal school curriculum but which students may opt to be examined in if they meet certain criteria. Chief among these criteria are the requirements that candidates for these examinations :

  • Be from a member state of the European Union
  • Speak the language in which they opt to be examined in as a mother tongue
  • Have followed a programme of study leading to the Leaving Certificate
  • Be taking Leaving Certificate English.

Another condition is that candidates may undertake examination in one non-curricular language subject only.