Leaving Cert Applied (LCA)
The fundamental goal of LCA is the development of practical skills and the preparation of pupils for the transition from the world of school to adult and working life. The course focuses on the needs of the pupils using a variety of methodologies and maximum use of the resources of the local community. It is intended to meet pupils' needs, which are not adequately catered for by the traditional Leaving Certificate Programmes.
LCA is a self-contained 2 year program, which includes 3 main elements:
1. Vocational preparation:
· Vocational preparation and guidance
· English and communication skills
2. Vocational Education:
· Two vocational specialisms (a) information technology (b) Community care
3. General education:
· Arts education: drama, Visual arts, etc… · Social Education
· Leisure & Recreation
· Irish Language and Culture (year 1)
· French (year 2)
Certification: Pupils who successfully complete LCA will receive a Leaving Certificate issued by the Department of Education. Pupils can proceed from LCA to many Post Leaving Certificate courses and through these to further education in the new system of Vocational Qualifications.