Mount St. Michael Secondary School

Senior Cycle

In Mount St. Michael students may opt to participate in Transition Year or they may go directly into the Leaving Certificate Programme. While following their Leaving Cert programme students have the option of completing the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP).

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is currently reviewing Senior Cycle education.

"The review offers an opportunity to generate a shared vision for senior cycle and a strong base from which to shape a curriculum that genuinely meets the needs of all learners for years to come." To learn more please click here

Students undertaking the Leaving Cert programme study a number of subjects, as outlined below

3 Core Subjects

  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths

1 Modern Foreign Language

  • French or German (in recent years Economics has also been offered as an alternative option to studying a language)

3 Optional Subjects Chosen from the following List (this list can vary from year to year, depending on school resources)

Accounting, Agricultural Science, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music, Physics or Phy/Chem, Religious Education, Economics (if not offered opposite the languages)

Non-Examination Subjects

  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Wellbeing
  • Career Guidance

Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP)

The LCVP is a Leaving Certificate with a focus on enterprise and preparation for working life. This two-year programme combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate with a dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community. In most ways the LCVP is like the established Leaving Certificate. LCVP students take two additional courses, called Link Modules; in the areas of Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

These modules aim to provide students with a general knowledge of the world of work, the skills to find employment and experience work in an adult working environment. It tries to provide a link between vocational subjects and their relevance in the business community. It helps students identify their own personal skills and young entrepreneurs amongst us are encouraged to develop that skill.

LCVP encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and to become more innovative and enterprising. It helps students realise that they need to have a willingness to learn, to be part of a team, and develop skills for the adult working environment. For more information please click here.

The LCVP programme is also beneficial to students because of the recognition it gets from Universities and other third level institutions for CAO points.

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