Programmes at Ardee Community School


The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical programme with a strong practical and vocational emphasis. It is one of three Leaving Certificate options offered by the Department of Education and Skills.


What is the Leaving Certificate Applied?

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

Who would benefit most ?

Students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate Programmes.
Students who are considering leaving school.
Students who prefer learning by doing.
Students who would be motivated by continuous assessment.
Students who want to get work experience to help them with their career choice.
Students who want to develop their skills which will help them in their future career.

What is different about Leaving Certificate Applied ?

It is a practical Leaving Certificate programme which places particular emphasis on preparation for the world of work and life long learning.
Work Experience is a very important part of the programme and students get to sample a range of jobs and get first hand experience of the world of work.
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 wider community.
The programme provides a wealth of opportunities which enhance the self esteem and confidence of students.
There is less emphasis on the final examinations as coursework is assessed throughout the two years and students gain credits as they go along.
Students’ work is assessed in different ways including interviews, 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 receive regular feedback on their success and achievement.

What subjects are offered in Leaving Certificate Applied?

Vocational Preparation & Guidance
Information Technology
Arts Education
Leisure & Recreation

Elective Modules:

Childcare/ Engineering

Exam Subjects:

English & Communications
Mathematical Applications
Hotel, Catering & Tourism
Graphics & Construction
Gaeilge Churmarsaideach
Modern Language
Social Education

What are Credits?

As Students complete and submit their Leaving Certificate Applied they are awarded what are called credits. There are 200 credits available in total that are awarded as follows:

62 credits 31% ongoing attendance, class work and assignments.
70 credits 35% 7 Student Tasks (project work)
68 credits 34% 7 Final Examinations

200 Credits 100%


How is the Leaving Certificate Applied Awarded?

The Leaving Certificate Applied is awarded at three levels:

Pass: 120-139 credits (60% - 69%)
Merit: 140–169 credits (70% - 84%)
Distinction: 170–200 credits (85% - 100%)

(Students who get fewer than 120 credits receive a Record of Achievement)

Can a student go on to further education?

Yes. The Leaving Certificate Applied is accepted for a wide range of Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course at FETAC level 5.
It also provides access to most apprenticeships and other vocational training awards.
Graduates of Leaving Certificate Applied do not have direct access to Higher Education through the CAO.
However, achieving an appropriate further education award e.g. FETAC Level 5 may provide access for those who wish to apply to courses in Third Level colleges.

To View The LCA leaflet - Click here

Application Form - Click here to download