Transition Years

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Transition Year

Transition Year is a one-year programme between the end of Junior Cycle and the beginning of the Leaving Certificate programme.

Does the Transition Year have a fixed curriculum?

No, each school devises its own programme and it varies from year to year, taking into account the needs of the class and the resources available. The programme provides for the development of personal and social skills. It encourages research and activity-based self directed learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

What are the main benefits of doing Transition Year?

A significant benefit to the student is the space provided by the year to grow and mature at a sensitive and key stage of transition through adolescence into young adult life. By sampling a wide range of subject areas students can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate programme they may wish to follow at the end of Transition Year. Research indicates that those taking Transition Year achieve more points in the Leaving Certificate.

Activities that may feature on the Transition Year calendar:
Speakers from charitable groups Careers Safe Pass
Community work Choir First Aid
Physical Education (P.E.) Computers Social care in the Community
Media Training World Affairs Scifest Competition
Irish Driving Course Gaisce President’s Award
English & Drama Work Experience ECDL
Maths Peace and Social Justice Logon Learning
French, German, Spanish Outdoor Pursuits Weekend AIB Build A Bank Competition
Home Economics Young Scientist Competition Self Defense Training
Visits to Theatres History, Art Development Education
Mini-Company Peer Education Writing a Blog
Religion Skin Care Young Social Innovators (YSI)
Science Enterprise Competition Debating
Is Transition Year a help to further study?

The vast majority of students, on completion of Transition Year, proceed to the Leaving Certificate. It is generally recognised by teachers that a Transition Year Programme equips the now more mature student with a broader range of skills and insights to deal more effectively with a Leaving Certificate programme. There is growing evidence from third level institutions that students who have taken Transition Year are more self-reliant learners.

Do students get any homework in Transition Year?

Yes, homework is an important part of Transition Year. In addition to traditional styles of homework, students do projects, assignments and research on a variety of topics. These can involve students in a considerable amount of demanding work. Students also complete an online portfolio of all their best work in each subject area.

How many places are available?

At present due to demand the school is currently offering two transition year classes. The Board of Management will review this each year. (In 2019/20 we had three classes).

Certification and Graduation

At the end of the year parents are invited to a formal presentation of certificates including a Transition Year Certificate awarded by the Department of Education and Skills. The ceremony includes a display of students’ work which is organised by the students.

TY Graduation 2020