Leaving Certificate Applied

CNI Leaving Cert Applied Programme

What is the Leaving Cert Applied?

  • It is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life

  • It emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past

Who would benefit from this?

  • Students who prefer more practical courses

  • Students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes

  • Students who choose not to opt for those programmes

Who is it suitable for?

Suitable for those daltai who are:

  1. Someone who would be motivated by continuous assessment

  2. Someone who wants to get work experience to help them with their career choice

  3. Someone who wants to develop skills which will help them in their future career

  4. Someone who prefers learning by doing

Why this programme and not traditional Leaving Cert?

The Leaving Cert Applied is a different way of learning. It aims to:

  • Prepares students  for adult and working life

  • Recognises talents of all pupils

  • Promotes communication and decision making skills

  • Applies knowledge and skills to the solution of real problems


Vocational Preparation

Vocational Preparation & Guidance

English & Communications

Vocational Education

Mathematical Applications

Vocational Specialisms – Hotel Catering and Tourism, Office and Administration

Information Communication Technology

General Education

Arts Education

Social Education


Leisure & Recreation

Religious Education



What are credits and session?

There is a whole series of words associated with LCA that are not associated with other programmes. For the most part these are words that you would only come across in college or university.

  • Credits are marks that are given to the student after completing a key assignment

  • Each subject has Modules (topics)

  • Each module has 4 Key assignments

  • Each module without an exam is worth 2 Credits

  • To earn these credits you must have 90% attendance and all four key assignments

  • You need credits to pass each subject

  • There are 200 credits overall in LCA

  • Attendance and assignments are KEY.

How is this assessed?

Some modules have final exams in June as well as continuous assessment throughout the two years.

Majority of exams are at the end of Year Two:

  • English & Communications

  • Hotel, Catering and Tourism

  • Office and Administration

  • Social Education

  • Mathematical Applications

  • Gaeilge Chumersaid/Italian (one exam at the end of Year 1 and another at the end of Year 2)

How is the programme awarded?

Certificate is awarded at three levels:

  • Pass60-69 %(120 - 139 credits)

  • Merit70-84 %(140 - 169 credits)

  • Distinction 85-100 %(170 - 200 credits)

How do you get these credits?

There are 3 Modes of assessment:

  • Satisfactory completion of 44 modules   62 credits (31%)

  • 7 Student Tasks   70 credits (35%)

  • Final Examinations    68 credits (34%)

  • Total  200 credits (100%)


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