Leaving Certificate Applied programme

Is a two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.

The programme sets out to recognise the talents of all students and to provide opportunities for developing personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge, and helps students apply what they learn to the real world.

The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called sessions. Achievement is credited in each session. Courses are offered in three main areas: Vocational Preparation; General Education; and Vocational Education.


After graduation student can move into the QQI level 5 course and from there move on towards universty degrees. Other options are to apprenticeships and the world of work. 

Who would benefit most?

Learners who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes


  • Prepares learners for the demanding transition to adult and working life Recognises talents of all learners – provides opportunity to develop in the context of their aptitudes, abilities, needs and interests
  • Provides opportunity to develop in terms of understanding, responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge
  • Develops communication, decision making and reflective skills
  • Helps learners achieve a more independent and enterprising approach to learning and to life


Assessment takes place on the completion of modules, and there is also a final examination in each of the following areas:

  • English & Communications
  • Irish Studies
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Physical Education
  • Religion
  • RSE
  • Social Education
  • Hotel, Catering & Tourism
  • Spanish
  • Enterprise
  • Technology
  • Leisure Studies
  • Art
  • Work Experience
  • Communication Technology
  • Vocational Prep & Guidance

Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education and Science. The certificate is awarded at three levels: Pass; Merit; and Distinction.

What LCA is All About