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What is the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

It is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme. This programme is aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.
The programme emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past

The LCA Programme

  1. Prepares students for adult and working life
  2. Recognises talents of all pupils
  3. Promotes communication and decision making skills
  4. Applies knowledge and skills to the solution of real problems

Assessment

What’s different about The Leaving Certificate Applied is that students are examined on their work as they go along. Students must have 90% attendance to pass.The programme is divided into half year blocks called ‘sessions’ of which there are four over the two year programme. Students are assessed on their work in January and May of each year when a session ends.

A number of subjects complete tasks each year and some subjects have state exams in 6th year.

For further information see the following websites:
Course description- SLSS
Exam past papers – State Exams Commission
Programme statement and outline of student tasks – NCCA
 
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