The following subjects are available for those who wish to pursue the Leaving Certificate Established Programme:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Religious Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Construction Studies
  • Design and Communication Graphics
  • Home Economics
  • Economics


The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical programme with a strong vocational emphasis. It is one of three Leaving Certificate options offered by the Department of Education and Science.

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence, which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past.

The Leaving Certificate Applied was introduced to recognise the talents of all students and provide opportunities for development in terms of responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. It is an innovative programme in the way students learn, in what they learn and in the way their achievements are assessed.


What’s different about The Leaving Certificate Applied is that students are examined on their work as they go along. The programme is divided into half year blocks called ‘sessions’ of which there are four over the two year programme. Students are assessed on their work in January and May of each year when a session ends

Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a Leaving Certificate from the State Examinations Commission. All credits awarded will be recorded on the Leaving Certificate Applied parchment. This certificate will be awarded at three levels:

Certificate Levels
  • Award
  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Result Credits
  • 60-69 % (120 – 139 credits)
  • 70-84 % (140 – 169 credits)
  • 85-100 % (170 – 200 credits)

Candidates who acquire less than 120 credits will receive a Record of Experience. This will also apply to those who leave before the end of the programme.

The Leaving Certificate Applied assessment takes place over the two years under three headings:

  • Satisfactory completion of Modules
  • Performance of Student Tasks
  • Performance in the Terminal Examinations

Additionally, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Preparation Programme (LCVP) is offered to students exempt from Irish with the appropriate subject combinations.