Senior cycle education is the period of education that follows the junior cycle. The Leaving Certificate programme is provided through three routes. Students have an opportunity to do a transition year between junior cycle and senior cycle. Towards Learning sets out a vision for senior cycle education, describing 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 key skills framework is an integrated framework reflecting the strong interrelationships between five skills: communicating, working with others, critical and creative thinking, information processing, being personally effective.
The Transition Year (TY) is a one-year programme that forms the first year of a three-year senior cycle in many schools. It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes.
The Leaving Certificate Established is a two-year programme that aims to provide learners with a broad, balanced education while also offering some specialisation towards a particular career option.
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate, available to students who wish to follow a practical or vocationally orientated programme.
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