Sample Transition Units


This page contains descriptions of some of the sample transition units that have been developed by teachers and organisations. Click the links to get more details about one or more that interest you. They should give you a good picture of what the transition unit will eventually look like.


You're welcome to download and use them as they stand or to adapt them to suit your students and your school. You may also wish to begin developing your own transition unit using the template. In this case, the sample units will be a useful guide.

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Linking and Learning


This transition unit provides a range of activities aimed at helping students to explore their understanding of North/South learning partnerships and it challenges students to think critically about their perceptions of themselves, their world and their place in it.

Developed by Léargas to support the Worldwise project.


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Teacher's resource

Chinese Culture and Language Studies


This transition unit introduces students to both traditional and modern aspects of Chinese culture. The fourteen topics cover a wide range of areas such as Chinese food, Chinese music and school life in China. Students also have the opportunity to learn some Chinese words and phrases as they progress through the unit.

Developed by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.


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Together for Rights


The 'Pamoja-Together for Rights' transition unit helps students to explore development and human rights issues in a global context. It supports a student-centred approach to learning as students examine a human rights issue of interest to them, complete a project and undertake awareness-raising actions.


Developed by Trócaire.


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Student journal

Global Development Issues


This transition unit provides an introduction to development issues. It engages students in analysis, reflection and action for local and global citizenship. Teachers can choose to teach from a thematic strands - Poverty, Conflict, Gender Inequality, Sustainable Environments, Trade; Health and HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.


Developed by St. Mary's Academy Carlow, Self Help Africa, Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium.


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Debating Development


This TU invites students to explore and debate some of the biggest questions facing our world today. Students will learn how to research, select and evaluate material. They will acquire the skills of speech writing and then through lively and informed debating all students will gain confidence and skills in speaking in front of their peers.


Developed by Concern.


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Good Food – The Irish Experience


This transition unit is designed to give students a broader knowledge of Irish food heritage. It enables students to examine trends in eating habits that are occurring in Ireland. Students will plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes using traditional ingredients and local produce while using recipes that can be modified to suit modern lifestyles.


Developed by Fáilte Ireland.


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Tourism Studies – The Irish Experience


This transition unit enables students to investigate aspects of tourism in Ireland and abroad. They will focus in a special way on their own local area and critically evaluate their own area as a tourist destination. The unit also explores training and career opportunities in the context of tourism and hospitality.


Developed by Fáilte Ireland.


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Student Safety in the Workplace


Student Safety in the Workplace introduces students to the principles of safety and health. It is particularly useful for TY students who will be engaging in some form of work experience and those who are actively engaged in part-time or holiday work. The unit is relevant to all students as future members of the work force.


Developed by the Health and Safety Authority.


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This Unit involves collaboration between the Art and Woodwork teacher to enable students produce stylized wooden cats.  As well as developing their practical and creative skills students can develop entrepreneurial skills as they plan how best to sell their finished Artykats.


Developed by Margaret Maher (Art teacher) and David O'Connell (Construction Studies teacher), Ashbourne Community School.


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"What's with the weather?"


Through experiments, role-plays and project work, students explore the impact of climate change and decide how they can change their own habits to make a difference.


Developed by Emma O'Beirne, Ashbourne Community School.


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Environmental Studies


This unit encourages students to explore issues that are affecting their environment. They will carry out practical projects and actions such as developing a community garden, recycling, tree planting, bulb planting, wild life gardens, environmental surveys etc.


Developed by Terry Lawless, St. Killian's Community School, Bray.


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Road Safe


Road Safe takes an active project-based approach to developing the values and skills which underpin responsible decision-making and respect for the rights and safety of others. The unit is supported by digital resources on the Road Safety Authority website


Developed by the Road Safety Authority.


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Teaching resources

Design and Discovery


Design and Discovery promotes a hands-on learning experience by encouraging students to identify creative solutions to everyday problems in the world of design and engineering.


Developed by INTEL.


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Teacher's booklet


Student guide

Soap Operas and Popular Culture


This unit focuses on the analysis of contemporary themes from modern culture as conveyed through soaps and aspects of cinematography.


Developed by Norma Murray, Glanmire Community School.


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Food Matters


This transition unit provides an opportunity for students to work creatively with food and develop practical cookery skills while at the same time opening up issues of interest and relevance to young people.


Developed by Kerry Miles, St. Joseph's College, Lucan.


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Legal Studies


This transition unit introduces students to the study of law and the legal system in Ireland.


Developed by Peter Leydon, Wesley College, Dublin.


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Sports Coaching


This transition unit prepares students to develop basic coaching skills, before they work with students from local primary schools for a number of weeks.


Developed by Michael Carey, Glanmire Community School, Cork.


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Reading the Silver Screen


This transition unit on film studies helps students to understand film in a wider context and empowers them to become critical and active viewers.


Developed by Denis Grace, St. Louis High School, Rathmines.


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Introduction to Genetics and Biotechnology


This TU is based on topical issues of genetics and biotechnology and helps students to relate theory to everyday applications.


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Discovering Irish Art

Irish Art

In this unit students research an Irish artist of their choice and create their own piece of art in the style of that artist.


Developed by Margaret Maher, Ashbourne Community School.


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Media and Communications


This unit aims to develop students' visual literacy and ICT skills through a high level engagement with visual and moving images.


Developed by Norma Murray, Glanmire Community School, Cork.


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Ireland - A Level Playing Pitch


This TU, developed by the Combat Poverty Agency, uses students' community work experience to explore the work of local community groups and organisations that enable and empower those who are disadvantaged to participate in society.


Developed by Combat Poverty Agency.


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Teaching resources

Setting up a Green School


Through this TU, students are encouraged to audit, evaluate and change their school environment for the better.  It intends to lead to the ultimate prize of being awarded the status of 'GreenSchool' from an Taisce.


Developed by Brendan Walsh, Glanmire Community School, Cork.


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Creative Writing


This Unit teaches introduces students to the 'craft' of creative writing and helps them to see that their own lives and experiences provide ample inspiration for good writing.


Developed by Denis Carolan, Ashbourne Community School.


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Producing a School Magazine


This Unit sets out how the English and Business teachers can work together with TY students in producing a school magazine.


Developed by Alice Strain and Mary Hayes, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel.


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Japanese Studies

japanese studies

This Unit gives students a taste of Japanese culture - through Japanese music, film, food and language.


Developed by Melanie Earwaker, St. Louis Highschool, Rathmines, Dublin.


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Looking In - Reaching Out (R.E.)


This Unit gives TY students a chance to work with primary school children in exploring their understanding of community, friendship and God.


Developed by Kathriona Murphy, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel.


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Lost in Translation


This Unit provides interesting opportunities for cross-curricular work with modern languages, religious education, geography, home economics and history as students explore and celebrate the diverse cultures that are a part of Ireland today.


Developed by Aileen Keena, Athlone Community College.


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I've Got Something to Say


This transition unit which focuses on developing students' oral presentation skills will help learners become effective and confident communicators. The unit gives learners a great sense of personal achievement as they fulfil the personal goal of speaking with confidence in front of an audience.


Developed by Hazel Hannon, Athlone Community College, based on resources developed by the Irish Board of Speech and Drama (


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It’s Your Future!


This transition unit encourages students to consider options in further and higher education and training. Students learn about their own strengths, interests and abilities, what education or training courses are on offer and what kind of courses are likely to suit them and help them to reach their full potential. This unit is particularly aimed those students who might not think about further or higher education as an option.


Developed by the Higher Education Authority.


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Teaching resources

How the World Works

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The unit provides students with the opportunity to explore how structures of poverty and inequality are maintained on a global level and how they can help change the way the world works by assuming their responsibility as global citizens. It links well with History, Geography, Religious Education and ICT. A strong emphasis on active learning makes this a fun and accessible TU for all Transition Year students.


Developed by the Debt and Development Coalition.


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Having Fun with Computer Programming and Games


This TU introduces students to computer programming and games in a fun and exciting way. Students will be able to write their own programs, animations and stories and bring them to life within a short space of time. All the software, worksheets and lesson plans are available to download free of charge.


Developed for Irish teachers by Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick.


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Moving Image

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This transition unit offers an introduction to film and moving image. It provides opportunities for students to be very active in their learning and outlines a structured programme of screenings, lesson plans and activities, supported by study guides. It is built around three distinct strands -- Teen Film, Irish Film and Alternative Film (Wider Visions), which can be explored in a flexible manner, drawing on students' and teachers' existing film knowledge and interests. Study guides can be downloaded free of charge.

Developed by the Irish Film Institute.


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Study guides


The Future is Food

Future is food

In this transition unit students find out about the food industry in Ireland and  learn the basic skills and knowledge essential to setting up a small company related to a food product.

Developed by the Taste Council of Ireland.


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Teaching resources

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