Leaving Cert Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing learners for adult and working life. It enables learners to achieve a more independent and enterprising approach to learning and life and emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past. It offers learners opportunity to prepare for and progress to further education and training. Click here to view the LCA Overview for Parents presentation.

Programme Content

Over the two years the following subjects are covered: 

  • English & Communications
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Irish Spanish
  • Science
  • Social Education/ Social Health
  • Drama
  • Vocational Preparation & Work Experience
  • Childcare
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Leisure and Recreation Studies
  • Craft& Design
  • Guidance
  • Hotel, Catering & Tourism
  • Religious Education

LCA Modes of Assessment and Certification

Students complete four modules over two years.  Students must have a 90% attendance record to obtain credits.  Satisfactory completion of Modules accounts for 31% of students overall result.

Students are also required to complete 7 Student Tasks.  Tasks are reports completed by students on an investigation of an issue or product.  Student Tasks account for 35% of students overall result.

Students also complete final Written Examinations. Written Exams are prepared by the State Exams Commission under the direction of the Dept. of Education to be completed by LCA Students in years 1 & 2.  Written examinations account for 34% of students overall result.

Students who successfully complete the programme receive a Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education.

This certificate is awarded at three levels:

  • Pass: 60–69%
  • Merit: 70–84
  • Distinction: 85–100%

College and Career Opportunities

  • Post Leaving Cert Courses
  • Teagasc Courses
  • Gardai
  • Department of Local Government
  • HSE
  • Aer Lingus
  • Banks & Credit Unions.