Leaving Certificate Applied Programme
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate Programme available to students who wish to follow a practical or vocationally orientated programme. It is one of three Leaving Certificate options now available to cater for the diversity of students’ needs. The programme allows students to develop a wide range of social, personal and practical skills.
The students who benefit most from the LCA Programme include:
Learners who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes.
Learners who respond well to being active and involved.
Pupils who are more suitable to continuous assessment rather than assessment based purely on a terminal exam.
Aims of the Programme
To prepare learners for the demanding transition to adult and working life
To recognise the talents of all learners – provides opportunity to develop in the context of their aptitudes, abilities, needs and interests
To provide an opportunity to develop in terms of understanding, responsibility, self esteem and self knowledge
To develop communication, decision making and reflective skills
To help learners achieve a more independent and enterprising approach to learning and to life
To use active teaching and learning methodologies across the curricula to promote those qualities that are fundamental to the development of each student
Admission to LCA
Preference will be given to current students of St. Finian’s C. C.
Preference will be given to students who completed the JCSP Programme
Preference will be given to students who followed a reduced timetable at Junior Certificate level
Preference will be given to students who study foundation level subjects at Junior Certificate level
Preference will be given to students who are aiming to pursue an apprenticeship, certain PLC’s or immediate employment
School attendance record will be considered
External candidates must submit a fully completed application form, a copy of Junior Cert examination results along with references from previous year heads/tutors
A maximum of 17 students will be enrolled in Year 1 of LCA each year in accordance with D.E.S. guidelines. Applications for enrolment, once this number has been reached, will be looked at on a case by case basis.
The views of year head and teachers who have taught students will be sought to see if the LCA Programme suits the candidate.
Students’ record of behavior and application to work will be considered. Practice has demonstrated that in some cases challenging behavior may be best managed in a traditional setting.
An applicant may be refused if:
1. Behavior record is considered to be detrimental to the order, discipline and
educational welfare of the other students joining LCA.
2. Enrolment of the applicant, in the Principal’s opinion, is detrimental to that student’s continuing education.
Each application will be considered on its own merits.
An interview may constitute a vital part of the selection procedure.
To enroll for Year 2 LCA the student must have completed the required work and reached the required attendance for Year 1 LCA
A presentation will be given to all those students who show an interest in the program and parents of these students can make separate appointments to meet with the coordinator.
Each interested student will be asked to complete a simple application form, which parents must sign.
A decision will then be reached on what students will be accepted into the Programme. Pupils and parents will be informed of the decision in May.
All LCA students are asked to sign a contract before starting the LCA programme. This is to indicate their commitment to certain attitudes and actions that are essential to the successful completion of the programme. This contract must be co-signed by a parent / guardian.
At the beginning of the year LCA students will receive:
An LCA Timetable
An Explanation of LCA terminology. (Year 1 only)
Details of how Credits are accumulated including the significance of 90% attendance.
Dates of events for the year outlining Tasks, Work experiences etc
Daily attendance is recorded as part of the overall computerized school attendance system.
Each teacher is responsible for monitoring the attendance of students in his/her individual class. This is recorded in the teachers’ roll book.
Medical Certificates are collected by the Tutors and stored by them.
Students must have 90% minimum attendance in order to gain credits for their modules. It is the teacher’s responsibility to validate this percentage.
Each teacher is responsible for monitoring the completion of the required Key Assignments.
On the completion of each Session, Key assignments must be held until the appeals procedure has elapsed. Therefore, Key Assignments must be held by the individual subject teacher or stored in the LCA press.
Students must have completed all Key Assignments in order to gain credits for their modules. It is the teacher’s responsibility to validate this.
As part of the Vocational Preparation the students do 2 x 2 weeks work experience in LCA 1 and again in LCA 2.
It is the students responsibility to source their own work experience
Students must remember at all times that they are representing the school while out on work experience and must not do anything that would bring the good name of St. Finian’s into disrepute in the community.
The promotion of the use of a broad range of teaching methodologies and participant centred learning is a key underlying principle in Leaving Certificate Applied.
A copy of all LCA subject curricula is available to staff via the LCA Office and are also available via www.lca.slss.ie
The inclusion of cross curricular studies is an integral part of the Leaving Cert Applied program.
During the seven tasks over the course of the program, students must include cross- curricular activities as part of these.
Cross-curricular application is when a student consciously takes an aspect of a course that she/he has studied, other than the course that the Student Task is based in, and applies it to that Student Task in a practical and meaningful way.
Role and Responsibilities of Students
Ensure that they attend school and that they have at least a ninety percent attendance in each class
Ensure that they have all the equipment that they need each day
Ensure that they complete all Key Assignments and Tasks to the best of their ability
Ensure that they find and complete each module of the work experience
Role and Responsibilities of Parents
Ensure that their son/daughter attends school and has a ninety percent attendance in each class within the programme.
Ensure that a medical certificate is provided to the school for absenteeism due to illness or doctors’/hospital visits
LCA students are assessed in-house over the two years
Christmas exams (in Year 1 and 2) are given by individual subject teachers.
LCA 2 complete Mocks in all of their exam subjects.
Summer exams (in Year 1) are given by individual subject teachers.
Christmas/ Mocks / Summer Reports are sent home.