Transition Year in Oatlands College
“To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.” (Department of Education Guidelines)
This programme sets out the general content of the Transition Year course at Oatlands College and represents both the academic and non-academic aspects of the year.
The purpose of Transition Year is to offer students space to learn, mature and develop. Throughout T.Y., teachers endeavour to promote activity-based learning, research skills and self-directed learning. Students are encouraged to see T.Y. as providing opportunities to discover personal strengths and to develop their potential. In addition to traditional style homework, T.Y. students are also asked to undertake group projects of an interdisciplinary nature, assignments, interviews, research and other demanding tasks. The Transition Year programme assists the students in connecting with adult and working life through the provision of work experience and career guidance modules. Students are provided with the opportunity to pursue aspects of personal development, enabling them to be better prepared for their further education. It is hoped that they will develop a sense of personal responsibility and maturity in relation to their studies, a greater awareness of their role in society and a clearer vision of their path in life.
(The following aims are interrelated and interdependent)
1 The provision of opportunities to discover and develop their own individual gifts and strengths, helping them to become more independent;
2 To provide students with the skills and supports necessary to cope successfully with their particular stage of development;
3 To experience a year where the emphasis will be on individual responsibility and the nurturing of thinking, caring, articulate and self-confident people;
4 Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence;
5 The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning;
6 Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.
Having completed a diverse programme of academic and non-academic pursuits, the students will:
- Be able to make more informed subject choices for the Leaving Certificate course having sampled a wide range of subjects;
- Have discovered personal likes/dislikes and strengths/weaknesses;
- Have personally developed and matured;
- Have seen how many of the subjects studied at school connect to real life;
- Have experienced cross-curricular activities;
- Have a greater awareness of society and the adult and working world;
- Have developed better time management skills by learning to meet deadlines and targets;
- Have developed skills of self assessment and peer assessment;
- Have developed better study skills by experiencing more independent and activity-based learning;
- Have developed in self-esteem and assertiveness;
- Have developed better relationships with students and teachers;
NCCA Longitudinal Study on Transition Year:
- This study conducted on TY showed that students who take part in TY do better in their Leaving Cert by an average of 26 points.
- Repeat students only gain an average of 5 points.
- Students who do TY are 30% less likely to drop out of college because they are better equipped with skills learned during TY.
- Students who have completed TY are more likely to retain Higher Level subjects and move from Ordinary to Higher Level.
For more information on Transition Year, contact Donnchadh O Mahony, Programme Co-ordinator, Oatlands College.