The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate (Established). The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate (Established) with a new and dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community. The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with the ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.
1. LCVP students must take a minimum of five Leaving Certificate Subjects (at higher, ordinary or foundation level) including Irish.
2. Two of the below must be selected from the subject grouping:
3. Students must study the following two Link Modules:
4. Students are also required to follow a recognized course in a Modern European Language (other than Irish or English).
Link Module I: Preparation for the World of Work
This module is designed to develop students’ general understanding of the world of work, introduce them to career research and provide them with the knowledge and skills to find employment.
Link Module II: Enterprise Education
This module aims to develop creativity, resourcefulness, self-confidence and initiative. The content of the module is flexible to allow a school to utilise local resources and enable learning to take place in as wide a variety of setting as possible.
LCVP students receive the same certificate as students of the Leaving Certificate. An additional statement of the grade received for the Link Modules is appended to the certificate. The grades are:
LCVP students have the same opportunity to proceed to universities and other third level institutions as students in the Leaving Certificate (Established). The points awarded for the LCVP grades are as follows: