Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)
What is Leaving Certificate Applied?
Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical Leaving Certificate programme with a vocational/job focus. It is especially designed for students who prefer to learn by doing through practical activities.
What is different about Leaving Certificate Applied?
It is a practical Leaving Certificate programme which places emphasis on preparation for the world of work and life-long learning. Work experience is a significant component of the programme and students get to sample a range of jobs and get first-hand experience of the world of work. They have work experience for one day a week, attending school on the other four days per week over the two years. The assigned day can change year to year. The learning experiences are active and practical where students apply their knowledge, skills and experience to real life situations in the school, in the workplace and in the wider community. The programme provides a wealth of opportunities which enhance the self-esteem and confidence of students. There is less emphasis on the final examinations as coursework is assessed / examined throughout the two years through a continuous assessment model. Students attain ‘credits’ (marks) as they progress through the programme. Students’ work and skill development is assessed in different ways including interviews, written, oral and practical components. At four intervals during the programme students get a statement of their results from the State Examinations Commission. In this way they experience regular feedback on their success and achievement.