Senior Cycle Information for Parents




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Senior cycle education in Ireland may be of two or of three year's duration. Some students choose to take an optional Transition Year in the first year of senior cycle, before they follow the two-year Leaving Certificate programme.


Most students study for the Leaving Certificate examination choosing to take between 6 to 8 subjects from the list of approved subjects.


Students following the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) take 6 or 7 Leaving Certificate subjects and two additional Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.


Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students follow a self-contained pre-vocational programme made up of a range of courses that are structured round three elements: Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education.


For more information on all of these programmes and on the individual subjects take a look at the curriculumonline website, where you will find outline information on all the subjects as well as the syllabus for each subject.


Project Maths

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Project Maths is an initiative to improve mathematical standards in secondary school through a change in the syllabus, assessment and teaching and learning of maths.

Changes planned for Senior Cycle

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A number of Leaving Certificate subjects are being reviewed at the moment. Schools and students will receive plenty of notice in advance of any changes to the subjects or their assessment.