The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year programme designed for those students who do not wish to proceed directly to third level education or for those whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the traditional Leaving Certificate programme.

Participants in the Leaving Certificate Applied are mainly engaged in work and study of an active, practical and learner-centred nature. The main aim of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare participants for transition from the world of the school / centre to that of adult and working life.

The Leaving Certificate Applied programme:

  • is a distinct and self-contained programme of two years duration
  • has as a primary objective the development of the participants’ literacy and numeracy skills
  • places a premium on the personal and social development of participants
  • provides opportunities to develop skills of self-evaluation and reflection
  • encourages strong community links to complement the school or centre as a learning site
  • uses a broad range of teaching methodologies and participant-centred learning
  • provides access to further education and training.

The Leaving Certificate Applied is made up of a range of courses that are structured round three elements:

  • Vocational Preparation
  • Vocational Education
  • General Education

Courses are designed on a modular basis and are of thirty hours duration. Learners must take a total of 44 modules. They are also required to complete seven Student Tasks over the two years of the programme.