Overview of Senior Cycle


The development of new subjects and courses and the review of existing subjects are informed by a vision of creative, confident and actively involved young people who are prepared for a future of learning. Towards Learning sets out that vision, the values on which it is based and the principles that are shaping the review and development of senior cycle curriculum and assessment. It also provides information on the senior cycle curriculum, key skills, assessment and certification, and learning in senior cycle.

The experience of senior cycle All developments at senior cycle place the learner as the focus of the educational experience. That experience will enable learners to become resourceful and confident, to participate actively in society, to build an interest in learning and the ability to learn throughout their lives.

Transition Year


A one-year programme designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes and offer learners an opportunity to experience a broad range of learning experiences without the pressure of an examination.

Leaving Certificate Established

Overview LCE 2

A two-year programme that aims to provide learners with a broad, balanced education while also offering some specialisation towards a particular career option.

Leaving Certificate Applied

Overview LCA

A two-year programme that prepares students for transition from the world of the school or centre to adult and working life.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

Overview LCV

A two-year programme very similar to the Leaving Certificate Established but with a greater focus on enterprise and preparation for working life.