The Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year programme designed for those students who do not wish to proceed directly to higher education or for those whose needs, aptitudes and learning styles are not fully catered for by the other two Leaving Certificate programmes. Participants in the Leaving Certificate Applied are mainly engaged in work and study of an active, practical and learner-centred nature.

Aims and principles

The main aim of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare participants for transition from Fingal Community College to the world of adult and working life. The programme;

  • has as a primary objective the development of the participants’ literacy and numeracy skills
  • places a premium on the personal and social development of participants
  • provides opportunities to develop the participants’ processes of self-evaluation and reflection
  • encourages strong community links to complement the school as a learning site
  • promotes the use of a broad range of teaching methodologies and participant-centred learning
  • provides access to further education and training.
 Elements of the programme

The Leaving Certificate Applied is made up of a range of courses that are structured around three elements:

  • Vocational Preparation
  • Vocational Education
  • General Education

Courses are designed on a modular basis and are of thirty hours duration. Each year is divided into two sessions (September to January and February to May) over the two-year duration of the programme. Learners must take a total of 44 modules. They are also required to complete seven Student Tasks over the two years of the programme.

 Work Experience

This is an integral part of the LCA programme. Students are assisted in securing 3 work placements throughout the two years. It is important to try out a variety of careers.

Leaving Certificate Applied Programme Outline


Vocational Preparation

Course No. of Modules
Vocational preparation and guidance 8
English and Communication 4

Vocational Education

Course No. of Modules
Vocational Specialisms (2 full courses) 8(4×2)
Mathematical Applications 4
Introduction to Information and Communication Technology 2

General Education

Course No. of Modules
Social Education 6
Arts Education (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts) 2
Leisure and Recreation (including Physical Education) 2
Additional Modules 4


Course No. of Modules
Irish 2
Modern European Language 2




As learners complete their course work they collect credits.
It is possible to collect a total of 200 credits.

 A certificate is awarded at three levels:

Distinction (170-200 credits)
Merit (140-169 credits)
Pass (120-139 credits)

 It is important to note that 90% attendance is needed for the successful completion of this programme.

Students who accumulate fewer than 120 credits receive a Record of Experience.