Transition Year

What is Transition Year (TY)?

A one year programme taken after the Junior Certificate and before the Leaving Certificate Programme.

Is Transition Year available to all students?

In schools, it can be optional or mandatory.  Currently there are approximately 550 schools offering the Transition Year Programme.

Can the Transition Year be part of a three-year Leaving Certificate programme?

No. The Transition Year programme is a school-designed, distinctive programme and should not constitute year one of a three-year Leaving Certificate.

What’s the purpose of the Transition Year Programme?

To promote maturity:

  • Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills
  • Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills
  • Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility
  • Social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school
  • Maturity that will help the student make a more informed choice of subject for their Leaving Certificate studies

Who decides on the Transition Year Programme?

Each school, which offers TY, devises its own TY programme. The teaching staff draws up a programme in the light of the Transition Year Guidelines and the Resource Material published by the Department of Education and Skills. They also consider students’ needs, parents’ views, employers' commitments and the wider interests of the local community. Each year the programme should be evaluated, with inputs from all these parties, and revised by the teaching staff to reflect the findings of the evaluations.

Where can I find information on Transition Year Units?

Please see NCCA website