Senior Cycle Programme

In approaching the Senior Cycle Programme students must consider 3 main options.

  1. To take a Transition Year Programme followed by the regular two-year Leaving Certificate
    Any Third Year student may apply for this, but it is particularly recommended for those who are a little younger than the norm, i.e. under 15 years of age on the 1st of January this year (or 17½ years or younger sitting the Leaving Certificate).
  2. To take the Leaving Certificate Programme/Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
    Students should keep further studies at 3rd level in mind when selecting their subjects for Leaving Certificate.
  3. To take the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme
    The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.  This programme is designed to cater for the needs of students for whom the ordinary Leaving Certificate courses are not appropriate.

For further details on each programme click on the relevant link on the sidebar to the left.


Letter to parents for Combined Transition Year PTS Exhibition/Senior Cycle Options Information Evening


For an overview of all three options please click on the links below:

Senior Cycle Options Pack - Updated on 19th February 2018

Senior Cycle Options Powerpoint Presentation - Updated on 19th February 2018

You may also find the following publication by the Department of Education and Science useful:
The Senior Cycle in Second Level Schools

Developed by MIT Education Solutions