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LCVP.jpgLeaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

LCVP is a Senior Cycle Programme of the Department of Education and Skills, designed to give a strong vocational dimension to the Leaving Certificate (established). The programme combines the virtues of academic study with a new and dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community. Young people taking the LCVP have a unique opportunity to develop their interpersonal, vocational and technological skills. These skills are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to commence their own business sometime in the future.

About the LCVP

This two-year programme is part of an expanded provision that aims to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs at senior cycle.

The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.

Throughout the programme students are encouraged to:

  • Be innovative and enterprising
  • Take responsibility for their own learning
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Evaluate data and devise solutions to problems
  • Communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively
  • Work with others as part of a team
  • Investigate and plan career options
  • Use information and communications technologies
  • Investigate local businesses and community enterprises
  • Learn from their experiences

These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.The strong vocational focus of the LCVP is achieved by arranging Leaving Certificate subjects into Vocational Subject Groupings (VSG) and through the provision of additional courses of study in work preparation and enterprise known as the Link Modules.

Programme Requirements

Programme Requirements for students:

  • At least five Leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be Irish plus the Link Modules
    • Two of the above subjects must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings (VSG)
  • Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education ( in addition to Five subjects)
  • A recognised course in a Modern European Language (MFL) other than Irish or English:

What is a recognised Modern European language course for LCVP students?

The school has the discretion in this case – there are various options open to students. They may take a language at senior cycle or (if feasible) they can follow one of the FETAC language modules or the language teacher can devise a school programme in the language. This alternative option is entirely at the discretion of the school and is informed by the annual allocations of teaching staff. It is dependent on the availability of a language teacher and the allocations of hours given each year the DES. Should this be feasible then students must take the language class for a minimum of one class period per week or equivalent over the two years of the programme within school time. It is not assessed externally and the school can decide how to assess the course for modern languages.

If a student is exempt from Irish for the Leaving Certificate they must still comply with the requirement to present a minimum of five subjects in the Leaving Certificate.

Vocational Subject Groupings (VSGs)

Two subjects are selected from one of the Vocational Subject Groupings. These subjects provide students with a focus for developing vocational skills and exploring their career options.

The Specialist Groupings consist of subjects which complement one another naturally. The Services Groupings comprise subjects which complement one another in a commercial context.

Vocational Subject Groupings (VSGs) 2019/2020

Specialist Groupings

1. Construction Studies; Engineering; DCG; Technology - Any Two
2. Physics and Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or DCG
3. Agricultural Science and Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or DCG
4. Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry
5. Home Economics; Agricultural Science; Biology - Any Two
6. Home Economics and Art - Design Option or Craft Option
7. Accounting; Business; Economics - Any two
8. Physics and Chemistry
9. Biology and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry

10. Biology and Agricultural Science

11. Art - Design Option or Craft Option and DCG

Services Groupings

12. Engineering or Technology or Construction Studies or DCG and Accounting or Business or Economics
13. Home Economics and Accounting or Business or Economics
14. Agricultural Science and Accounting or Business or Economics
15. Art, Design or Craftwork Option and Accounting or Business or Economics
16. Music and Accounting or Business or Economics

The Link Modules

Students taking the Leaving Certificate Examination will follow two Link Modules over the course of the two years.

Link Module I - Preparation for the World of Work

Students will research and investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques; gain valuable practical experience of the world of work; interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them.

Link Module II - Enterprise Education

Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; meet and interview enterprising people on site and in the classroom; plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity, and initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.


LCVP students follow the same subject syllabi and are assessed in the same way as their peers in the Leaving Certificate. For the Link Modules they are assessed by Written Examination (40%) and by Portfolio of Coursework (60%).

The Portfolio of coursework must be submitted on the first Wednesday in March. The written examination takes place the first Wednesday in May of the Leaving Cert Year. The examination is 2½ hours duration and consists of three sections which are outlined below:

The structure of the Written Examination is as follows:

  • Section A - Audio Visual Presentation
    Section B - Case Study (received in advance by students)
    Section C - General Questions (4 out of 6)

The Portfolio of Coursework accounts for 60% of total marks. Students compile the portfolio over the two years of the programme and it is assessed at the end of the final year of the Leaving Certificate. The Portfolio and Written Examination are externally assessed by the Department of Education & Skills.

Core Items:

  • Curriculum Vitae ( CV)
  • Career Investigation
  • enterprise/Action Plan
  • Summary Report

Optional Items (any two)

  • Diary of Work Experience
  • Diary of Work Experience
  • Enterprise Report
  • Recorded Interview/Presentation
  • Report on My Own Place

Over 15,600 students participate each year and over 80 % of students use their LCVP as their best sixth subject for points.

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