Leaving Cert Applied (Currently not available in GCC)

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This programme is not currently offered in Good Counsel College.



LCA is designed to cater for those students who do not wish to proceed directly into 3rd level education or for those whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for within the context of the ‘Traditional Leaving Certificate’ in Good Counsel College.



What is LCA?

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. It offers alternative methods of learning and assessment for students.  Students are assessed on a regular basis and all marks (credits gained) form part of the students’ Leaving Certificate grade.

There is general agreement among students who have taken Leaving Certificate Applied and their parents and teachers that the programme is an excellent preparation for adult life, for further education, training and for the world of work.

For more information check out: http://lca.slss.ie/

Who is it suitable for?

Those who are most successful at LCA and who gain most from the programme are generally students who:

  1. Are not interested in final examinations or who find the pressure of everything resting on one final exam too much
  2. Do not intend going on to an I.T. or University immediately but who do not want to rule it out as an option in the future
  3. Enjoy project work and attend school regularly

How new is the programme and is it popular?

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Senior Cycle programme introduced in 1995. It is now being offered in approx. 230 schools and centres.

What opportunities does it offer

As regards qualification for employment, the Department of Education and Science has stated that 60 credits in Leaving Certificate Applied is equivalent to six D’s at ordinary level in the Established Leaving Certificate.


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Where are the LCA students now

A Destination Study carried out by the NCCA found that 91% of the graduates of the programme in 1998 proceeded to work or further education.  Students who completed the programme now work in services and sales, manufacturing and mining industries, building and construction, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, commerce, finance and the public services. Jobs range from preschool teachers to Trainee Garda.  A large number of graduates became apprentices the most common apprenticeships were in the areas of construction, motor, engineering and carpentry/ furniture


2001 2002 2003
Failte courses  3%  4.25%  5%
Apprenticeships  14%  16.65%  19%
FAS  27.5%  23.25%  22%
P.L.C. Courses  1.5%  3.46%  2%
Teagasc  1%  2.23%  3%
Other courses  0.5%  2.01%  2%
Employment  37%  36.09%  38%
Seeking employment  4%  4.25%  4%
Unknown  11.5%  7.71%  5%

Destination of LCA Graduates – National figures 2001 – 2003


If you would like more information on opportunities for LCA students take a look at

http://lca.slss.ie/resources/downloads/LCA Newsletter.pdf

If you would like to read some interviews with past LCA graduates you can find them at the following addresses:

http://lca.slss.ie/resources/downloads/LCA Newsletter2.pdf

http://lca.slss.ie/resources/student profiles.pdf

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What is the advantage of the Leaving Certificate Applied?

The advantage of Leaving Certificate Applied is that it focuses on the talents of each individual student and helps students apply what they learn in the real world. The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called Sessions and achievements are credited in each of these Sessions.

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Do Leaving Certificate Applied students receive a Leaving Certificate?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a Leaving Certificate from the State Examinations Commission. All credits awarded will be recorded on the Leaving Certificate Applied parchment.

What’s different about The Leaving Certificate Applied is that students are examined on their work as they go along. There are 3 ways in which students gain marks:

  1. Credits (marks) are awarded twice per year. 
    The programme is divided into half year blocks called ‘sessions’ of which there are four over the two year programme. Students are assessed on their work in January and May of each year when a session ends.
  2. Credits (marks) are awarded for Tasks (major projects)
    Student Tasks (projects) are assessed during an interview by external examiners appointed by the Department of Education and Science. These Tasks may be in a variety of formats – written, audio, video, artefact etc. and each student is required to produce a report on the process of completing the Task.
  3. Final examinations
    These take place in June with the other Certificate Examinations. In Good Counsel College students take examinations in the following areas:

    • English and Communication
    • Active Leisure Studies
    • Technology
    • Mathematical Applications
    • Language (Gaeilge Chumarsáideach & Modern European Languages)
    • Social Education

    So students receive marks (credits) in January and May of each year with final examinations in June of 6th year.

What grades are awarded to LCA Students?Students are awarded their result based on the number of Credits they have accumulated over a two year period.


Award Result Credits
Pass 60-69 % (120 – 139 credits)
Merit 70-84 % (140 – 169 credits)
Distinction 85-100 % (170 – 200 credits)

Candidates who acquire less than 120 credits will receive a Record of Experience. This will also apply to those who leave before the end of the programme.

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Subjects Studied in LCA


  • Vocational Preparation & Guidance
  • English & Communications
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Information Technology
  • Technology
  • Active Leisure Studies
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Visual Arts
  • Social Education
  • Religion & Science (on alternate years)
  • Irish & Spanish (on alternate years)
  • P.E.
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