Leaving Certificate Applied in CBC
What is the Leaving Cert Applied?
The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme(LCA)is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. It is designed for students who do not wish to proceed directly to third level education or for those whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the other two Leaving Certificate programmes or who choose not to opt for those programmes. The Programme is administered and assessed by the State Examinations Commission.
The Leaving Certificate Applied assessment takes place over the two years under three headings:
- Satisfactory Completion of Modules
- Performance of Student Tasks
- Performance in the Terminal
44 modules are completed over the two years of the programme.
In order to be awarded credit, students must
(i) Attend the classes and out-of-school activities related to the module and
(ii) Complete the Key Assignments related to the module.
A minimum attendance of 90% is required. Where there is absence due to exceptional circumstances, this should be verified by the school.
The candidate completes seven Student Tasks over the two years. Each task represents a significant piece if work (at least 10 hours). The task enables the candidate to integrate learning and practical experiences from the different courses and modules of the LCA programme.
The candidate must
- Produce authentic evidence of task completion
- Produce a task report
- Present for interview
Final examinations will be provided in the following areas:
- Gaeilge Chumarsaideach (Taken in Yr 1)
- English and Communication
- Modern European Languages (French)(Taken in Yr 2)
- Social Education
- Mathematical Applications
- Vocational Specialisms (2 Specialisms to be taken by each candidate).