Senior Cycle Cirriculum

Senior Cycle Curriculum

We offer three Leaving Certificate Courses.

  1. Leaving Certificate
  2. Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
  3. Leaving Certificate Applied

 

Leaving Certificate

Subjects are offered at three levels in Irish and Maths and all other subjects may be studied at higher and ordinary level.

Core Subjects                   

English, Irish, Mathematics

Elective Subjects            

Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Construction Studies, Design & Communications Graphics, Economics, Engineering, French, Geography, Home Economics, Physics.

A given subject will only be offeredif there is sufficient demand and staff  availability.

Non exam subjects        

Career Guidance, Health Education, Religion and Physical Education will also be taken as non-exam subjects.

Selskar College through partnership with the HEAR scheme aims to encourage and facilitate increased participation in higher education.  Leaving Certificate students at the college are offered greater access to third level education with academic and financial support available under this direct entry scheme.  

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)     

LCVP is a Senior Cycle Programme of the Department of Education and Skills, designed to give a strong vocational dimension to the Leaving Certificate (established). The programme combines the virtues of academic study with a new and dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community.

Young people taking the LCVP have a unique opportunity to develop their interpersonal, vocational and technological skills through their study of the Link Modules. These skills are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.  CAO points are awarded for results in Link Modules.

Subjects are offered at three levels in Irish and Maths and all other subjects may be studied at higher and ordinary level. All LCVP students study Link Modules at a common level.

Core Subjects                   

English, French/German*, Irish, Link Modules, Mathematics

*(an ab initio course in either language must be studied by all LCVP students)

There are two Link Modules to be studied:

  • Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.  
  • As well as providing a learning opportunity for valuable life skills points for entry to third level are awarded for the Link Modules.

Elective Subjects            

Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Construction Studies, Design & Communications Graphics, Economics, Engineering, French, Geography, Home Economics, Physics.

A given subject will only be offeredif there is sufficient demand and staff availability.  The subject choices for LCVP students are subject to certain restrictions.  Full details are given to students and parents in 3rd year when making choices for their senior cycle options.

Non-exam subjects       

Career Guidance, Health Education, Religion and Physical Education will also be taken as non-exam subjects. 

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)  

At Selskar College the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme ensures the students enjoy positive experiences of the Leaving Certificate Programme and ensures that students develop their confidence and enhance their self esteem.

The learning experiences are active and practical where students apply their knowledge, skills and experience to real life situations in the school, in the workplace and in the community.

The Co-ordinator Ms M. Prendergast, works with the Principal Ms Ryan and a team of teachers to finalise the Programme.   Work experience is a compulsory component of the Programme. At our College Students attend work one day a week.  Students sample a range of jobs throughout the two years.

As well as work experience, the programme has three main elements

  1. Vocational Preparation - preparing students for the work place
  2. Vocational Education  - providing education in specific skills
  3. General Education

Student progress is monitored and assessed throughout the two years and students gain “credits” as they go along.  Students’ work and skill development is assessed in different ways including interview, written, oral and practical components.

Four times throughout the two years students get a statement of their results from the State Examinations Commission.  In this way they experience regular feedback on their success and achievements.  Achievement is acknowledged and rewarded throughout the two years at the School.  Parents are involved at every stage of the Programme through Information meetings and celebration of students ` results.    

All students of Leaving Certificate Applied take the following subject.

  1. Vocational Preparation and Guidance
  2. English and Communication
  3. Mathematical Applications
  4. Introduction to Information and Communication Technology
  5. Arts Education
  6. Social Education
  7. Irish
  8. Modern language
  9. Elective Modules

In addition to the above students complete two specialist vocational courses.  These Vocational Specialisms develop specific skills and knowledge relevant to a range of careers.

The Vocational Specialism on offer at the college are:

  • Engineering or Construction Studies.
  • Hotel Catering and Tourism
  • Information and Communication Technology

Any queries you might have in relation to the Leaving Certificate Applied Course please contact M.Prendergast L.C.A. Coordinator at the College.