Second Level Colleges
Second level programmes are offered in the following CDVEC Colleges:
Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Coolock
Cabra Community College, Cabra, D.7
Coláiste Eoin, Finglas, D.11
Kylemore College, Ballyfermot, D.10
Larkin Community College, Champion's Avenue, D.1
Liberties College, Bull Alley St., D.8
Margaret Aylward Community College, Whitehall, D. 9
Marino College, Fairview, D. 3
Plunket College, Swords Rd., D.9
Ringsend College, D.4
Presentation College Terenure
St. Kevin's College, Crumlin D. 12
Second Level Programmes
Second-level education consists of a three-year junior cycle followed by a two or three-year senior cycle. The Programmes are:
- Junior Certificate
- Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP)
- Transition Year
- Leaving Certificate
- Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCAP)
- Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
The Junior Certificate Programme builds on the foundations of Primary Education. It allows you to achieve a level of competence in a wide range of subjects that will enable you to proceed to Senior Cycle. You will take a Junior Certificate Examination that is assessed by means of a written examination and practical examinations and project work in some subjects. There are also oral and aural examinations in Irish and continental languages.
Junior Certificate School Programme
Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) provides a curricular framework that helps to make the Junior Certificate more accessible to young people who may leave school early. An additional element of the JCSP framework may include a literacy and numeracy programme. On completion of the programme you are entered for the Junior Certificate examination and your school gives you a Statement of Achievement and a Profile that lists your skills and aptitudes.
Before you progress to a two year Leaving Certificate course you might decide to choose a Transition year programme which gives you the opportunity to experience a wide range of educational experiences, including work experience, without the focus on examinations. Afterwards you have a choice of three programmes at Leaving Certificate level.
If you follow this programme you must take at least five subjects, including Irish (except if you entered the system after 11 years of age). Students intending to go on to third level education normally take the Leaving Certificate examination at the end of Senior Cycle. Access to third level courses depends on the results you obtain in the Leaving Certificate
Leaving Certificate Applied
This two-year person-centred programme aims at preparing you for adult and working life. It is intended to meet the needs of students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate Programmes. The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Programme is made up of a number of modules grouped under three headings: General Education, Vocational Education and Vocational Preparation. Graduates of the LCA can progress to an approved Further Education award and can become eligible for admission to some third level courses.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is a Leaving Certificate programme with a strong vocational element that concentrates on technological subjects. It gives you the opportunity to realise your potential for self-directed learning, innovation and enterprise. You take five subjects (including two vocational subjects), a Modern European Language and link modules on Enterprise Education, Preparation for Work and Work Experience.