Mountrath Community School




The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The LCA 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.

The programme sets out to recognise the talents of all students and to provide opportunities for developing personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. The programme focuses on the talents of each student and helps students apply what they learn to the real world.

The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called sessions. Achievements are credited in each session

Courses are offered in three main areas:

  • Vocational preparation, involving work experience, enterprise and communication
  • General education, offering life-skills, the arts, social education, leisure and language
  • Vocational education.

A student who has been awarded the Leaving Certificate Applied can go on to a very wide range of Post-Leaving Certificate courses (PLCs). These are available in local post-primary schools and colleges. Completing these courses will allow a student to progress to third level Institutes of Technology

For more information on the LCA modules, please click on any of the links below.

Vocational Preparation & Guidance

Agriculture/ Horticulture

Social Education

Modern Languages

Visual Art


Leisure & Recreation

Graphics & Construction Studies


English & Communication

Leaving Certificate Applied Qualification
Certificate awarded at three levels:

Pass % (credits)

Merit % (credits)

Distinction % (credits)

Assessment 3 Modes:

Satisfactory completion of modules 62 credits (31%)
7 Student Tasks credits (35%)

Final Examinations credits (34%)

Total credits (100%)

LCA Work Experience One day a week (Friday) for 2 years
A good variety of work is encouraged

Dysartbeigh, Mountrath, Co Laois, Ireland.
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