Leaving Cycle

Leaving Certtificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme consists of a range of courses, each designed on a modular basis over two years.

Participants are required to take courses in each of the following areas:

  • Vocational Preparation & Guidance
  • Information Technology
  • English and Communication
  • Arts Education
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Social Education
  • Languages
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Vocational Specialism

Latest News


LCA Healthy Living Task 
Thursday, 16 of April 2015

Over the last number of weeks the LCA5 class of Scoil Pol has been holding a series of events that promote healthy living as part of our enterprise task. 
Our first event was on Thursday the 12th of March where we held a Oh My Hair green themed day when we asked the whole school to wear green and donate 2 euro. Also there was healthy eating art competition held for 1st year and several prizes were given to the winners of the art competition and the best hair on the day. Bottled water was also handed out in the canteen at lunch. We raised 360 euro from the non-uniform day.
On Wednesday the 25th of March there was a zumba class held for 2nd years to promote the benefits of exercise. The class was thought by three students of LCA. All students that took part toughly enjoyed the class and it was a great success. 
On Thursday the 26th of March there was a teacher and student penalty soccer shoot out. Were students went head to head with the teachers. There were prizes given out to the winning team and it was a real enjoyment to watch. 
On behalf of the LCA5 class we would like to thank everyone that has got involved in the last number of weeks. We hope we helped raise awareness of the importance of healthy living. While raising money for two great charities Saint Josephs Foundation Charliville and the Irish Cancer Society.



Thursday,26th of March 2015

On Thursday last, the LCA 5 class of Scoil Pól 5 held an OH MY HAIR green themed non uniform day. Where we asked all students to take part by wearing green and coming in with a crazy hairstyle. On the day prizes were giving out for the best healthy living posters made by the 1st year classes there was two winners and also there were four winners for the best crazy hair style the prizes were donated by Mr O’Hara. On the day we also gave out free bottled water donated kindly by Tipperary water. We would like to thank the students and staff of Scoil Pól for taking part and on the day we raised €353 that we will donate to Saint Joseph’s foundation charleville and the Irish cancer society. Over the coming weeks there will be more events held to promote healthy living.



Enterprise Task
Thursday, 5th of March 2015

The LCA5 class of Scoil Pól have decided to do a series of events that will deal with Healthy Living over the coming weeks as part of our Enterprise Task. We have all been delegated jobs such as PRO, posters manager, finance manager, project manager and others.
Our first event will be held on the Thursday the 12th of March. We are having a Oh My Hair Green themed day were we are asking students to come in with the maddest hair style they can come up with but, no dying or shaving. The winner of the best and worst will be presented with two Easter eggs donated by Mr O’Hara. We would like to ask the whole school to wear green the most associated colour with vegetables. On the day we will also be holding a healthy eating themed poster contest for 1st years where the winner will get an Easter egg and bottled water will be giving out to promote our healthy living theme. All money raised on the day will be donated to our chosen charities Saint Josephs Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.
Further information about future events to follow in the coming weeks.


LCA 2014 are delighted to be working with Share a Dream Foundation shareadream

Leaving Certificate Applied National Association

Elaine Rea of Glenroe made history this year by being the first student of Scoil Pol, Kilfinane to receive a Leaving Certificate Applied National Association (LCANA) Fergal Quinn award.
These awards are presented to students who obtain the highest number of credits in the Leaving Certificate Applied Examinations for their year. The student's final credit total is based on their performance over the two years of the senior cycle programme.
Elaine was accompanied on the day by her parents Jerry and Hannah, her sister Miriam, Mrs. Elma Power LCA Co-ordinator in Scoil Pol and Ms. Angie Deering, Guidance Counsellor.  Read Elaine's Experience of LCA here.

On behalf of Scoil Pol we congratulate Elaine on her achievement and wish her all the best in her studies for her chosen career in childcare.


ElaineFamily   ElaineTeachers



National Career Skills Competition 2013 


Last May we in Scoil Pol were delighted to be informed that one of our students, Stacey O'Mahony, had been awarded first place in the LCA category of the National Career Skills Competition 2013 for her excellent understanding of the career of Hairdressing and the skills she observed and developed during her work experience. Stacey won an Apple iPad and was presented with The Winner's Cup. The school was presented with €1,000 towards the school's Guidance Programme.

The Award Ceremony was held in the Clock Tower, at the Department of Education and Skills on Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 on Tuesday 21st May at 11.00am. Stacey, Mr. Michael O' Hara school principal, Mrs Elma Power LCA co-ordinator, and Stacey's friend Clara attended the event.

The Minister for Training and Skills at the Department of Education & Skills, Mr Ciaran Cannon TD presented this year's prizes. Refreshments were served after the prize giving. Once again, congratulations to Stacey on her success. Given that Careers Portal received over 1,000 applications across all programmes this year, and the standard was very high, this was a great achievement for her.
A second Student of Scoil Pol, Elaine Rea was placed in the top eight entries nationwide, for her excellent understanding of the career of childcare and the skills she observed and developed while on her work experience. Elaine received a certificate of merit in recognition of her participation in the competition.

On behalf of all in Scoil Pol, we congratulate our two students on their much deserved achievements.



Scoil Pól LCA students make history with the perfect 10!

Leaving Certificate Applied session 1 results arrived in Scoil Pól from the Department of Education and Skills last week. The LCA students are awarded credits for work done in a number of subjects, key assignments and tasks.
The task that our students undertook was to fundraise for two charities very close to the hearts of the class, Down Syndrome Ireland and Limerick Animal Welfare. This fundraising involved students hosting a Spanish day and they organized events like a non-uniform day, bingo and a food fair, all with a Spanish theme. These events were for all students in the school and involved a huge amount of planning and work.
For the first time ever in Scoil Pól every student in the class achieved the maximum credits of 10 for their work. These results reflect the tremendous effort and commitment of the students supported by all their teachers. Congratulations to Robert Ahern, Clara Kirby, Liam Murray, Stacey O' Mahony, Adrian O' Sullivan, Elaine Rea, Vinny Sampson and Lorraine Young. We are very proud of your unique achievement and wish you all continued success in the remaining three sessions.







In addition to the range of subject for Leaving Certificate, L.C.V.P. students study the following subjects:

- Enterprise Education
- Preparation for the World of Work


Latest News!


Sept 2014

LCVP 6 Visit to Ballygowan Water, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

On the 22nd September 2014, the Leaving Cert students visited Ballygowan Water as part of their LCVP portfolio. They were met by Trish Bridgeman, Manager and Paul McMahon, Team Leader. Paul gave a very detailed and insight presentation followed by a very interesting tour of the factory. We saw how water bottles were ‘exploded’ to size, water was bottled, labelled, wrapped and placed onto pallets. A minimum 24,000 bottles of water can be bottled in an hour from one production line. We had a great visit and the students have plenty of information for their project work.

Have a look through the Gallery of some photos from the tour:


LVCP Ballygowan Water Tour

TY (Transition Year)


What is Transition Year?

A one year program taken after Junior Certificate and before the Leaving Certificate Programme.

What is the Purpose of the Transition Year Programme?

To promote maturity, develop skills and identify preferences. Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills. Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills. Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility. Social maturity by developing greater ʻpeopleʼ skills and more awareness of the world outside school.


Subjects studied by Transition Year students include; Irish, English, Maths, Mini-Company, Young Social Innovator Programme, Biology, Phys/Chem, French, Spanish, Religion, PE, Environmental Studies, Practical Cookery, Information Technology, Woodwork, Drama, Development Education. Students may also complete modules in Self Defence, Sports Coaching, Chinese, Chess, First Aid, Driver Safety Programme, Work Experience, Public Speaking & Log on Learn (teaching I.T. to senior citizens)

Tours and Outings

Students are encouraged to participate in many tours and outings including, European tour, team building outings and outdoor pursuits.

This year the Transition Year class staged "The Molooneys", written by local playright Michael Dennehy.


Transition Year Drama  TY Drama 


Mini Company 

mini company     minicompanyseamas

European Trip 

 EU Trip  EU Trip

EU Trip

Anti-Bullying Campaign

Check out their video also on the home page.


 antibullying antibullyingposter 


 Lots more Fun and Life-Experiencing Activities


 driving  firstaid
 cheese  mountain


Check out the TY Diary here:





Leaving Certificate

All examination subjects are taught up to and including Leaving Certificate Higher Level. Practical subjects are taught in fully equipped specialist rooms and laboratories.


Leaving Certificate Subjects:

English Building Construction
Gaeilge Technical Drawing
Mathematics Home Economics
French Chemistry
History Biology
Geography Physics
Business Art


Religion, Physical Education and Information Technology classes are also taken at Senior cycle but are not examined for the Leaving Certificate. Fifth year students follow the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) syllabus in their Information Technology classes and can opt to take the seven Module exams and attain the ECDL certificate.


Music- Pupils who study Music privately may take the Leaving Certificate Examination in Music.

Here are some exmples of the excellent Wood Projects created by our Leaving Certs in 2014:




Wood 2014


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