Mission Statement of Leaving Certificate Applied
To promote the personal, vocational and academic development of students and to adopt a holistic approach to the development of the students thereby enabling them to be participative and responsible adults, both in the world of work and in society itself.
The Aims of Leaving Certificate Applied
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence, which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past. Furthermore, it recognises the talents of all students and provides opportunities for development in terms of responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. It is an innovative programme in the way students learn and in the way their achievements are assessed. Finally, it offers learners specific opportunities to prepare for and progress to further education and training.
LCA Programme Objectives
The fundamental goal of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare Leaving Certificate participants for transition from the world of the school/centre to that of adult and working life. The Leaving Certificate Applied focuses on the needs and interests of participants, using a variety of methodologies, making optimum use of the resources of the local community and paying particular attention to the needs of the local region. There is a need to recognise that individuals differ considerably in the ways they process, assimilate and recall information.
What is the Leaving Cert Applied?
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two- year senior cycle course. The Leaving Certificate Applied programme is designed for students whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the traditional Leaving Certificate programme. It is a student centred programme and is based on active and practical educational experiences. The Leaving Certificate Applied places emphasis on continuous assessment and preparation for the world of work. Upon successful completion of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, students may apply to do a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and then continue to study in a college.