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Department Members

  • Ms Reilly

  • Ms Irwin

  • Ms Ferrick


The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate (established). The programme was introduced in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and business environment. Students in Our Ladys can choose LCVP as an additional subject along with their 7 others in an attempt to maximise their leaving certificate points. The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate (established) with a new and dynamic focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise. This two-year programme is part of an expanded provision that aims to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs at senior cycle.


The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.


Throughout the programme students are encouraged to:

  • Be innovative and enterprising

  • Take responsibility for their own learning

  • Adapt to changing circumstances

  • Evaluate data and devise solutions to problems

  • Communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively

  • Work with others as part of a team

  • Investigate and plan career options

  • Use information and communications technologies

  • Investigate local businesses and community enterprises

  • Learn from their experiences


These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.

The strong vocational focus of the LCVP is achieved by arranging Leaving Certificate subjects into Vocational Subject Groupings (VSGs) and through the provision of additional courses of study in work preparation and enterprise known as the Link Modules.

Link Module 1 - Preparation for the world of work


Students will research and investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques; gain valuable practical experience of the world of work; interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them.

Link Module 2 - Enterprise Education 

Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; meet and interview enterprising people on site and in the classroom; plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity, initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.


Assessment of the Link Modules


LCVP students follow the same subject syllabi and are assessed in the same way as their peers in the Leaving Certificate. For the Link Modules they are assessed by Written Examination (40%) and by Portfolio of Coursework (60%). 

The Portfolio of coursework must be submitted on the first Wednesday in March. The written examination takes place the first Wednesday in May of the Leaving Certificate Year.  The examination is of two and a half hours duration and consists of three sections which are outline below.


The structure of the Written Examination is as follows:

  • Section A Audio Visual Presentation

  • Section B Case Study (received in advance by students)

  • Section C General Questions (4 out of 6)


The Portfolio of Coursework accounts for 60% of total marks. Students assemble the portfolio over the two years of the programme and it is assessed at the end of the final year of the Leaving Certificate.  The Portfolio and Written Examination are externally assessed by the Department of Education & Skills.

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