Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
It is a full Leaving Certificate plus Two Link Modules
It is an enhanced Leaving Certificate. 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.
LCVP can help Students to:-
- Take responsibility for their own learning
- Become more innovative and enterprising
- Develop key skills for the modern working environment
- Network with people in business and the community
- Communicate thoughts and ideas effectively
- Access and use computers and audio-visual equipment
The Link Modules
Link Module I – Preparation for Work Develop your job-seeking skills, such as letter writing, Curriculum Vitae presentation and interview preparation. Research and investigate local employment opportunities. Gain valuable practical experience of the world of work. Investigate a variety of careers. Interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests you.
Link Module II – 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, and initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.
Assessment of the Link Modules The Link Modules they are assessed as part of the Leaving Certificate
- Written Examination (40%)
- Portfolio of Coursework (60%).
Programme Requirements for students taking Leaving Certificate Examination from 2004 onwards
- At least five Leaving Certificate subjects plus the Link Modules, one of which must be Irish
- Two of the above subjects must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings
- Two Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education
- A recognised course in a Modern European Language other than Irish or English:
Vocational Subject Groupings (VSG)
Two subjects are selected from one of the Vocational Subject Groupings.
|1 Construction Studies; Engineering; Design and Communication Graphics; Technology - Any Two|
2 Physics and Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or Design & Communication Graphics
3 Agricultural Science and Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or Design & Communication Graphics
4 Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry
5 Home Economics; Agricultural Science; Biology - Any Two
6 Home Economics and Art - Design Option or Craft Option
7 Accounting; Business; Economics - Any two
8 Physics and Chemistry
9 Biology and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry
10 Biology and Agricultural Science
11 Art - Design Option or Craft Option and Design & Communication Graphics
|12 Engineering or Technology or Construction Studies or Design & Communication Graphics and Accounting or Business or Economics|
13 Home Economics and Accounting or Business or Economics
14 Agricultural Science and Accounting or Business or Economics
15 Art Design or Craftwork Option and Accounting or Business or Economics
16 Music and Accounting or Business or Economics
Certification LCVP students receive the same certificate as other Leaving Certificate students but
their Certificate includes an additional statement of the results of the Link Modules.
|80% – 100%|
65% – 79%
50% – 64%
Grades for the Link Modules are as follows:
Points The Link Modules are recognized in point’s terms by the Institutes of Technology and the Universities. The points are allocated as follows:
|Grade||Universities and Institutes of Technology award|
|66 points (same as H4)|
46 points (same as H6)
28 points (same as O4)