In our school, all students who qualify for LCVP study it as an eight subject.
What is it?
This can be described as a Leaving Certificate with a strong vocational dimension. The
programme aims to balance the virtues of the traditional academic Leaving Certificate with
the development of skills and qualities which will prove relevant to the lives of students
when they leave school for further education, the world of work or setting up their own
business. Within the LCVP students take responsibility for their own learning and are
encouraged in personal initiative-taking and self-reliance.
What do you study?
As well as your normal Leaving Certificate subjects you take two link modules, called:
- Preparation for the World of Work
- Enterprise Education
These are called “Link” modules as the content of each module has links with the other. In
addition, links will be established between what students are learning through the modules
and what they are learning through their other Leaving Certificate subjects. The link
modules are activity based so there is very little study involved. Key activities include:
- Conducting Investigations into local workplaces, businesses and the community
- Conducting Visits to local businesses and community organisations
- Inviting guest speakers to the classroom
- Running Mini Businesses/Enterprises
- Engaging in Job Search
- Interview preparation and Mock Interviews
- Participating in Work Experience/Work Shadowin
- Making Presentations
- Using Information Technology
LCVP and Information Technology
You develop and use a range of Information and Communication Technology skills. You
use computers for research, communication and preparation of the portfolio, which is
worth 60% of the final LCVP grade.
LCVP and Third Level
CAO points for LCVP are as follows:
Disctinction: 70 points
Merit: 50 points
Pass: 30 points
Remember that the CAO systems uses a student’s best six points when calculating points.
LCVP Link Modules are eligible for inclusion in this calculation.
LCVP and Employers
Employers are very enthusiastic about LCVP students. Students are prepared effectively
for the world of work, the business of making a living and for life in society.
Employers want well educated, adaptable, multi-skilled, good communicators, good
decision makers, all of which are skills learned and developed throughout active
participation in LCVP.