The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate (established). The programme was introduced in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and
business environment. 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. This two year programme is part of an expanded provision that aims to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs at senior cycle.
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 an 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.
Throughout the programme students are encouraged to
• be innovative and enterprising
• take responsibility for their own learning
• adapt to changing circumstances
• evaluate data and devise solutions to problems
• communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively
work with others as part of a team
• investigate and plan career options
• use information and communications technologies
• investigate local business and community enterprises
• learn from their experiences
These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business. The use of active teaching and learning methodologies is encouraged in the LCVP. Experiences such as work placements, career investigations, mini-enterprises, business and community visits are an integral part of the programme. (LCVP Programme Statement)
· The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme was introduced nationally in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and business environment.
· 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 an ability to cope thrive in an environment of rapid change.
Students taking the LCVP as an addition to the Leaving Certificate Established undertake two link modules during one double class per week:
1) Preparation for the World of Work
The Link Modules may be used as one of the six Leaving Certificate subjects when calculating points for the Institutes of Technologies and the Universities.
Grade Percent Points Awarded
Distinction 80-100% 70 Points
Merit 65-79% 50 Points
Pass 50-64% 30 Points
Written Examination 40%
Portfolio of Coursework 60%
· The written examination is held in May of the Leaving Certificate Year.
· The portfolio is assembled over two years and is submitted one week prior to the May exam.
Skills Developed during LCVP:
Ø Information Technology
Ø Report Writing
Ø Communication Skills
Ø Research Skills
Ø Interview Skills
Ø Self-Directed Learning
Ø Abilities to Meet Deadlines
Over the two years of the programme the students:
· Prepare a Curriculum Vitae.
· Undertake a Career Investigation
· Engage in Work Shadowing
· Visit Local Enterprises.
· Arrange Visits In from local entrepreneurs
· Do mock interviews
· Investigate their local area
· Arrange Visits In from local community development organizations
· Type up a portfolio on the above using Information Technology
All students who satisfy the programme requirements are offered a place on the LCVP programme. In order to qualify students must:
- Study at least five Leaving Certificate subjects including Irish.
- Study a modern European language.
- Have two of the qualifying subjects from the designated subject groupings.
Information on about the subject groupings may be found on www.lcvp.slss.ie or by asking a teacher of LCVP or the Career Guidance Counsellor.