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What is Leaving Cert Applied?

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical Leaving Certificate programme with a vocational focus.

What is different about Leaving Certificate Applied?

It is a practical Leaving Certificate programme which places particular emphasis on preparation for the world of work and life-long learning.

Work experience is a significant component of the programme and students get to sample a range of jobs and get first hand experience of the world of work.

The learning experiences are active and practical where students apply their knowledge, skills and experience to real life situations in the school, in the workplace and in the wider community.

The programme provides a wealth of opportunities which enhance the self esteem and confidence of students.

There is less emphasis on the final examinations as course work is assessed throughout the two years and students’ gain ‘credits’ as they go along.

Students’ work and skill development is assessed in different ways including interviews, written, oral and practical components.

Four times throughout the two years students get a statement of their results from the State Examinations Commission. In this way they experience regular feedback on their success and achievement.

Can a student go to further education and training?

Yes. The Leaving Certificate Applied is accepted for a wide range of Post Leaving Certificate [PLC] courses at FETAC level 5. It also provides access to most apprenticeships and other vocational training awards.

Can a student go to Higher Education?

Graduates of Leaving Certificate Applied do not have direct access to Higher Education through the Central Applications Office [CAO]

However, achieving an appropriate further education award e.g. FETAC Level 5 may provide access for those who wish to apply to courses in Third Level colleges.

Who should consider Leaving Certificate Applied?

  • Someone who wants to stay in school and get a Leaving Certificate
  • Someone who prefers learning by doing
  • Someone who would be motivated by continuous assessment
  • Someone who wants to get work experience to help them with their career choice
  • Someone who wants to develop skills which help them in their future career


Develop skills for work and for life

  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • Enterprise
  • Organisation
  • Self-Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Motivation
  • Initiative
  • Planning


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Leaving Cert. Applied class Carruth will be starting their Work Experience on Monday,...
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Congratulations to the Leaving Cert. Applied Class of 2018 pictured at the Awards...