The LCA programme is a 2 year Leaving Certificate programme which is available to students who wish to follow a more practical Leaving Certificate programme which has a vocational focus. The programme places an emphasis on preparing our students for the world of work and lifelong learning. The programme develops key skills, such as team work and communication skills, necessary for the modern workplace. Regular Work Experience is an essential part of LCA and provides students with an opportunity to sample a range of jobs.
What do I study in LCA?
All LCA students study the following subjects:
How is LCA assessed?
LCA is different from the established Leaving Certificate in that there is a lot less emphasis on the final examinations. Coursework is assessed throughout the 2 years and credits are awarded as they work through their key assignments and modules. Assessment is through written work, oral work, interviews and practical tasks.
Overall there are 200 credits awarded for LCA. The breakdown is as follows:
|62 Credits||31%||Ongoning attendance, class work and assignments|
|70 Credits||35%||7 Students Tasks (project work)|
|68 Credits||34%||7 Final Examinations (which take place in June after completion of Year 2)|
|TOTAL: 200 Credits||100%|
Students are then awarded their certificate at three levels:
Students with less than 120 credits receive a record of experience.
Students get as statement of their results four times throughout the year so they receive regular feedback on how they are progressing.
Why study LCA in St Aidan’s?
What can I do after LCA?
The LCA programme is accepted for a wide range of Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses at FETAC Level 5. It will also provide access to most apprenticeships and other vocational training awards. Many students complete a PLC with the intention of using their award to progress to third level Education through a system called the Higher Education Links Scheme.
Who should consider applying?
Where can I find more information?