The Traditional Leaving Certificate
This two year programme gives students the opportunity to study seven subjects. At Beech
Hill College, students have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. These are
offered at Ordinary and Higher level with Gaeilge and Mathematics also offered at Foundation
level. Points are not awarded for Foundation level.
4 Optional Subjects
The Pool of Optional Subjects for the current year is:
3. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
11. TECHNICAL DRAWING
14. HOME ECONOMICS
Irish Leaving Certificate Points Calculation Grid
Leaving Cert Grade Higher Paper Ordinary Paper
A1 100 60
A2 90 50
B1 85 45
B2 80 40
B3 75 35
C1 70 30
C2 65 25
C3 60 20
D1 55 15
D2 50 10
D3 45 5
Points for third level are calculated on students 6 best subjects
WHERE IT IS THE SCHOOL’S INTENTION TO OFFER THE FULL COMPLEMENT OF
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS, SUBJECT DEMAND MAY NOT ALWAYS FACILITATE THIS.
SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING SUBJECTS
Although choosing subjects is an important decision it need not be a daunting one if time and
though is given to the process and a few general principles are adhered to. As with any
decision-making, accurate information is vital for a satisfactory outcome.
Beyond the core subjects of Irish, English, and Maths, the number of courses and jobs, which
require specific subjects, is in fact quite small. We suggest you ask a Guidance counsellor,
research in the Guidance Library or look up the website www.qualifax.ie to be sure.
Choosing subjects therefore, may be simplified by considering the following questions
Where do I get information on the various subjects on offer at Leaving Cert. Level?
Subject Teachers who are currently teaching the subject will be your best source of
Students who are currently studying the subject or who have just completed the
Textbook-It can be helpful to borrow the relevant book and have a look at it.
The Guidance Counsellor will have an overview of all the subjects on offer.
Research careers and subjects on www.qualifax.ie, www.scoilnet.ie and at
What is essential?
With a few exceptions, the subjects specified as being essential are continental languages
and laboratory science subjects. Therefore, by taking Irish, English, Maths, French, a
laboratory science subject and 2 other subjects the vast majority of careers remain open. If
you wish to pursue a course at a third level University the advise is to keep on French if you
are doing it at present.
What is relevant?
If at this stage you feel certain about the career you want to pursuer then choose subjects that
are relevant provided you enjoy the subjects and are good at them.
What subjects am I good at?
You will achieve better results in subjects that you are good at, as you will find it easier to
work at them. You are also more likely to enjoy studying these subjects.
What subjects do I like?
You will obviously work harder at subjects that you enjoy and get greater satisfaction from
them. Working at subjects that you enjoy will be a positive experience for you and will
enhance your fulfilment and increase you motivation during Senior Cycle.
Careers and courses should not be the only consideration in subject choice.
All subjects do have a value in their own right. We would advise students to pick a range of
subjects that leave their options open and develop them both academically and practically.
Before you make your final decision:
You should examine honestly your ability and interest in each subject and how well you have
studied it to date. Look at your performance and achievements in each area. Be guided by
teachers’ assessments and advice.
The following are the Leaving Certificate subjects offered by Beech Hill
THE BUSINESS GROUP
Business Studies and Accountancy take you into the world of business, finance, banking and
commerce. They give an excellent grounding in business principles. If considering a career in
the world of business and finance you may consider these as an option. Both these subjects
offer good insights into how things are done in the real world and are valuable additions to
Useful For: Advertising, Accountancy, Auctioneering, Auditing, Banking, Bookkeeping,
Clerical Work, Company Secretary, Computer Systems, Business Teacher, Administration,
Management, Insurance, Market Research, Purchasing Officer, Quantity Surveyor, Sales,
Taxation Consultant, Marketing, Business Law, Industry, Business, Business Teacher,
Administration, Hotel Management, Insurance, Receptionist, Store Management, Stock
broking, Sales, Marketing, Merchandising, Purchasing Officer, Customs & Excise, Taxation,
Accounting concerns itself with the business of keeping records (book-keeping) but goes
beyond that to analysing and interpreting these. It is an excellent preparation for any business
related career. Although not a requirement for entry into business courses accounting would
obviously still be a great help to students wishing to pursue any third level business related
Business Studies looks at how organizations are formed, financed and run looking at the
services involved such as banking, transport, taxation and semi-state organisations. It
provides an excellent grounding for anyone contemplating a business career. While it is seen
by some as the “easier” of the business group it still requires concentrated study and hard
work to get higher grades in it.
And why study a Business subject?
Tick which ones apply to you………
You enjoy the world of commerce and business
You read the business sections of the newspapers.
You enjoy dealing with people
Able to give an opinion and assessment and back it up with references.
You’re good at accounts and statistics.
You’re ambitious and eager to learn
You want to know about taxation and the law.
A good Business Student is:
Interested in the world of business.
A follower of business news in the newspapers, television and Internet.
Able to give an opinion and assessment and back it up with references.
Interested in consumer trends, market fluctuations and business practice.
Accurate in dealing with balance sheets and accounts.
A number of careers and courses require a science subject. If you are at all interested
in the Engineering, Medical, Nursing, paramedical (Radiography, Physiotherapy, Dietician,
Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory, Science etc.) or Science areas at Universities you need to
have a pass in at least one Laboratory Science Subject. If you are considering any of these
areas, then you should include one or more science subjects as part of your choices.
If you are thinking of a Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree course in engineering,
science or electronics at the Institutes of Technology you don’t need to have a science
subject as part of your Leaving Certificate, but needless to say, it would be very useful.
Which science subjects are better for which courses?
All are suitable and all are acceptable. Medical and nursing people might be more inclined to
take Biology, Science and Engineering people Physics. Agriculture and Food Science people
might be inclined to select Biology and/or Agricultural science. Physics is a numerate science
in other words there are a lot more calculations, formulas and equations to be worked on. So
ability in mathematics and a facility with numbers would be needed for these two. Biology and
Agricultural Science however are more descriptive and involves a lot of learning of name and
terms and parts. So go by whichever you feel suit you best.
Biology is the science of life and living things. It forms a knowledge base for hundreds of
careers ranging from oceanography and ecology to medicine and biotechnology. Those
opting to take Biology as an elective for Home Economics Teacher Training in St. Angela’s
must present Biology at OD or higher. It is an essential requirement for entry to Dental
Hygiene (UCC). NUI Maynooth normally requires students to have obtained a high grade on
the Higher Leaving Certificate paper if they wish to take Biology through the Arts Faculty.
Useful for: Agriculture, Animal Breeder, Animal Nursing, Ambulance Driver,
Biochemist, Biologist, Catering, Chiropody, Conservation Work, Dentist, Dietician,
Farmer, Food Science, Doctor, Health Inspector, Horticulturist, Laboratory
Technician, Marine Biologist, Microbiologist, Nursing, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist,
Psychologist, Science Teacher, Speech Therapist, Veterinary Surgeon, Zoologist.
Physics deals with the laws and forces governing natural phenomena, which include heat,
light, electricity and magnetism. It is of key importance in technology and particularly relevant
for those interested in specialising in most branches of engineering. In most engineering
courses, you will find a high physics content, while some paramedical careers will involve the
study of it, e.g. Radiography, Physiotherapy etc. It is an essential requirement for Theoretical
Physics (TCD) and Electrical Engineering (UCC). Anyone considering course or careers in
Electronics would be very much encouraged to do Physics.
Useful for: Architecture, Astronomy, Biophysicist, Computer Careers, Dentist, Doctor,
Engineer especially electrical and electronic, Marine Radio Operator, Medical Laboratory
Technician, Meteorologist, Naval Officer, Nurse, Optician, Pharmacist, Science Teacher,
Radiographer, Telecommunications, various Apprenticeships, Pilot, Heating and Ventilation
This covers the study of soil, plants and their function including farm crop and trees. Farm
animals and their buildings are also studied. Agricultural Science is now accepted as a
laboratory science subject in all third level institutions in Ireland. As part of the assessment,
students must complete a project.
Useful for: Agriculture, Animal Breeder, Animal Nursing, Biochemist, Biologist, Conservation
Work, Farmer, Food Science, Health Inspector, Horticulturist, Laboratory Technician, Marine
Biologist, Microbiologist, Nursing, Pharmacist, Science Teacher, Veterinary Surgeon,
And why study a Science subject?
Tick which ones apply to you….
You’re interested in going to college to study science, engineering, medicine or
You’re curious and concerned about the environment.
You want to know how gravity affects light
You want to know why salt water hurts you eyes
You want to use science to help solve crimes.
You want to find out about the amazing life cycle of the liver fluke.
You want to ask twins if they were monozygotic of dizygotic.
You want to understand the nature and danger of radiation.
Good Science Students have…
A curiosity about the world around them.
An appreciation of the scientific method An understanding of mathematics as a
way of describing the word scientifically.
An ability to write clearly and concisely.
An eye for detail
A desire to explore the world and explain it in a rational way.
History and Geography are two very useful subjects that give a great insight into the world
around you. At Leaving Certificate, both these subjects go into great detail and involve a lot
more than the learning of places and dates instead they go much more into analysis and
interpretation. Lots of reading and lots of work are involved in History and Geography, but you
will come to a greater understanding of the world you live and how it came to be as it is as
This subject gives us the opportunity to understand events of the past that influence our lives
today. It embraces the world of politics, economics, religion and philosophy. History can be a
most enjoyable challenge, developing skills such as identifying main issues, critical analysis
and the ability to select relevant information.
Useful For: Archaeology, Barrister, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Garda, History Teacher,
Journalism, Librarianship, Local Government, Politics, Researcher, Social Work, Solicitor,
Concerned with the interrelationships between human activities and the physical environment,
students study population, farming, industry, pollution, statistics, resources, landscapes and
communications. Students come to appreciate the landscape and to understand social and
environmental influences. Fieldwork also forms part of the programme.
Useful for: Civil Engineering, Construction, Town Planning, Architecture, Meteorology,
Surveying, Agriculture, Auctioneering, Archaeology, Horticulture, Forestry, Conservation
Work, Statistics, Marine Officer, Geologist, Geography Teacher, Naval Officer, Quantity
Surveyor, Tourism and Travel.
A good History or Geography student shows…
An interest in the world as it is now and how it came to be so.
A thirst for knowledge to explain and explore the current situation.
An ability to express themselves accurately and to support their arguments with
An appreciation of historical sources
An interest in reading and watching relevant programmes on television and video.
And why study History and Geography?
Tick which ones apply to you…
You want to know more about where you live and your environment.
You’re concerned about environment issues like Acid rain, Deforestation and Global
You want to read a map and navigate by it.
You want to find out where the terms Shrapnel, Molotov cocktail and Blitz came from.
You know where Trafalgar Square is but where is Trafalgar and what happened
You want to know how Northern Ireland was established and why it is constantly in
You have a great interest in current affairs and topical issues.
This area includes the subjects Construction Studies, Engineering and Technical Graphics.
These subjects are work intensive and involve a lot of making and designing of products.
Construction Studies and Engineering have a major project where you design and construct
something as part of the final assessment. There is also quite an amount of theory and
background work that has to be done, so the subjects are not marked entirely on the practical
work. Obviously, you have to be good with your hands but you also have to be good at
learning the theory and in the case of Technical Drawing, good at analysing and figuring out
how the drawing was done. There is also some Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided
Studying these can be noisy, dusty and even dangerous especially when handling power
tools and sharp objects so you should be prepared for that.
This subject replaces Junior Certificate Wood Work. Primarily relating to domestic building,
broader aspects also covered introduce students to the knowledge and skills in construction
technology, materials and practices. The course covers the historical development of
buildings in addition to other relevant topics such as house purchase and mortgages. A
project where you design and manufacture an object is also required to be submitted as part
of an assessment for the Leaving Certificate.
Useful for: Architecture, Auctioneering, Building & Construction Career, Construction
Teacher, Carpenter, Civil and Structural Engineer and Technician, Draughtsperson,
Electrician, Fire-fighter, Heating and Ventilation Technician, Housing Management Plasterer,
Quantity Surveyor, Site Clerk, Town Planning.
This subject replaces Junior Certificate Metal Work. It involves the study of a wide range of
mechanical engineering processes, materials and technological applications along with the
development of practical skills, resourcefulness and creativity. The course has both a
practical and theory bases with the presentation of a project as part of the Leaving Certificate
Useful for: Agricultural Engineering, Aircraft Technician, Army/Air Corps Apprenticeships,
Engineering Teacher, Fitter/Turner, Industrial Design, Industrial Operatives, Mechanics,
Mechanical Production, Motor Mechanic, Structural and Civil Engineer and Technician,
Technical Drawing develops intellectual qualities of comprehension, analysis and problem
solving as well as the skills of drawing and the development of an awareness of design.
Although it is not a requirement for those wishing to enter architecture or engineering courses,
it is generally an essential component of most technical and design courses.
Useful for: All Engineering careers, Architecture, Army and Air Corps Apprenticeships, CAD,
Cartographer, Construction Studies/Trades, Engineering Trades, Town Planning, Fitter,
Industrial Designer, Motor Mechanic, Structural Design, Technical Graphics Teacher,
A good practical Student should…
Be accurate and careful in drawings and tasks.
Think logically and in sequence when approaching a task
Be creative when designing a solution to a problem
Be co-ordinated and skilful in carrying out their assignments.
And why study a Practical subject?
Tick which ones apply to you…
You enjoy making, mending and fixing things.
You love to work with physical things and materials
You took apart your toys to see how they worked.
You may be interested in an apprenticeship
You can do neat accurate work and meet deadlines.
You like designing and planning things.
You are not put off by noise, dirt and danger.
You’re interested in DIY
You’re keen to know about Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided
You enjoy the science and the theory along with the practical
This subject involves being creative while interpreting and appreciating the creative work of
others. You don’t need Art to get into Art College, but you will need a portfolio and for that you
are going to need a lot of work both in and out of school, and the guiding hand of an Art
Teacher. Remember, for Leaving Certificate Art you will have to do a lot of work on the
History and Appreciation of Art along with design and craftwork.
And why study Art?
Tick which ones apply to you…
You are creative and artistic.
You enjoy expressing yourself through Art
You know who Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donetello and Raphel were
You are “visually aware”
You know the difference between shades and tones.
You can analyse and appreciate Art.
You’re prepared to work during school time and in your free time and holidays to
prepare a portfolio.
You want to develop and encourage the artistic and expressive aspects of your
A good Art Student has…
A desire for self-expression and a commitment to work at perfecting this.
An appreciation of the artistic and creative side of life.
A willingness to work on exercises and technique to increase ability and
An interest in the works of the great artists.
A willingness to work solo or as part of a group
Due to its lack of availability in schools, some of the most talented musicians probably do not
take it to Leaving Certificate despite the fact that valuable points for entry to third level
colleges can be achieved by talented and interested students. Music is a requirement for most
music courses and some colleges also require all intending students of Music to take a special
entrance test. There is a practical component to the assessment of music at Leaving Certificate
Why study music?
Tick the ones that apply to you…………………
You are creative and artistic
You enjoy expressing yourself through music
You appreciate good music in all forms
You appreciate harmony and counterpoint
You can analyse and appreciate art
A good music student has……….
o A desire at self expression and a commitment to work at perfecting this
o An appreciation at the artistic and creative side of life
o A willingness to work on techniques and exercises to increase ability and perfect style
o A willingness to work solo or as part of a team
o An interest in music theory and development
The Language Group
There are many reasons for studying a foreign language to leaving Certificate level; both for
your personal development and for your future options. In these days of fast international
transport and modern communications, knowledge of a foreign language will always be
useful. You do not need a foreign language for all third level studies but it is a necessity for
entry to most courses in the National university of Ireland and its constituent colleges of
University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), NUI Galway, RCSI,
St.Angela’s (Home Economics Teaching) and Maynooth unless you are exempt due to a
hearing problem or dyslexia. There are a few exceptions like Nursing (all) or Engineering at
NUI Maynooth and Engineering and Agriculture at UCD.
You also need it to become a Cadet in the Air Corps or the Army. So if any of these colleges
or careers is of interest to you than you should include French as one of your chosen subjects.
You do not need a language for Trinity College Dublin or the University of Limerick, Dublin
City University, the DIT, and all the Institutes of Technology unless the course there included
the study of a language. Nursing degrees do not require a language. Many colleges have
French as a requirement for specific courses such as European Studies, Languages or
Marketing but not for general entry.
Industry and employers rate language skills highly, especially if you combine them with
computers, electronics or business. Leaving certificate students are expected to reach a high
standard in their continental language and are given a written exam, reading comprehension,
listening comprehension and an oral examination. So, be prepared to work!
Useful for: Flight Attendant, Air Traffic Controller, Archivist, Au Pair, Secretary, Chef,
Courier, Hotel Reception, International Marketing, Export Careers, Interpreter, Translator,
Pilot, Travel Agency, Journalist, Waiter/Waitress, Importer, Librarian, Dept of Foreign Affairs,
And why study a continental Language
Tick which one apply to you………..
You are interested in going to college and want to keep your options open
You like to travel and discover new places
You are good at expressing yourself and your opinions
You are really determined to work to do well in your foreign language
You enjoy he different sounds of a foreign language
You want to get the most from your holidays abroad
A good Language Student can ………
o Express themselves well
o Pick up sounds and phrases
o Show an eye for detail in grammar
o Be interested in the culture that the language emerges from
o Work to build up vocabulary, expressions and phrases
o Try to visit or stay where the language is spoken
THE SOCIAL GROUP
Home Economics is a subject that overlaps so many others. It is part practical (Cooking), part
Scientific (Physiology/Nutrition), part Business (Consumer Laws) part Construction Studies
(House design and Heating) and part of several other subjects as well. Home Economics –
Social and Scientific combines theory with practice in order to develop understanding and
solve problems. It is concerned with the way individuals and families manage their resources
to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs. It provides a learning
foundation for those seeking employment in a wide range of careers, such as the food
industry, tourism, clothing and design, and the health and social services. There is quite an
amount of reading to be done in and around the subject along with practical work so be
prepared to work hard at this most interesting and valuable subject.
Useful for: Baking and Confectionery, Beautician, Catering, Chef, Child Care, Consumer
Adviser, Demonstrator – Food, Wines, etc., Dietician, Fashion Designer, Food Science,
Hairdressing, Health Inspector, Home Economics Teacher, Hotel Management, Nursing,
Occupational Therapist, Parenthood, Pre-school Management, Social Worker, Textile
A good Home Economics Student displays…
An interest in cooking, balancing flavours and tastes, and nutrition with value for
Flair for design of houses, kitchens and other areas to be functional and effective.
An informed interest in current affairs, social issues and family life and a capacity to
write on these supporting their views.
And why study Home Economics?
Tick which ones apply to you…
You are interested in a career in catering.
You want to learn how to cook for when you are living away from home
You are interested in social problems like alcoholism, drugs and abuse.
You want to know the most efficient way to design a kitchen.
You want to know more about vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
You are interest in the areas of poverty, deprivation and crime.
You are interested in Home Economics Teaching, Nursing, Social Work, Childcare
The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
The Leaving Certificate Vocational programme aims to prepare students for a world where the
ability to cope with rapid change is of increasing importance in preparation for economic and
Students taking the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) follow exactly the
same syllabi and are assessed in the same way in their other 7 subjects as those opting not
to follow the course.
In addition to this, they take two link modules “Enterprise Education” and “Preparation for
the World of Work”.
The Enterprise Education module encourages students to develop qualities such as
imitative, resourcefulness, creativity and self-confidence.
The Preparation for the World of Work module is designed to provide students with an
insight into the world of work with opportunities to develop their interpersonal, communication
and organisational skills.
These modules can include:
Job-seeking skills, letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques.
Investigation of local employment opportunities.
Study visits to industries
These two modules are assessed as one unit, by way of a short written
examination and Portfolio of Coursework.
Based on the standard reached students are awarded a Pass, Merit or a Distinction. The
results in this unit are recognised in point’s terms by the Universities and Institutes of
The points are allocated as follows:
Distinction 70 points
Merit 50 points
Pass 30 points
To be eligible to follow the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
students must have chosen one of the following subject combinations:
Construction Studies and Engineering
Technical Drawing and Engineering
Construction Studies and Technical Drawing
Physics and Construction
Physics and Engineering
Home Economics and Biology
Home Economics and Art
Account and Business
Physics and Chemistry
Biology and Physics
Biology and Chemistry
Engineering and Business
Engineering and Accounting
Construction Studies and Business
Construction Studies and Accounting
Home Economics and Business
Home Economics and Accounting
Art and Business
Art and Accounting
Student must also either study a Modern European Language or follow a recognised offered
in Beech Hill College.
Transition Year/Fourth Year
What is 4th Year?
Transition year [or fourth year] is an optional year which can be taken following the Junior
Certificate, before a student begins their Leaving Certificate. It is not like a normal school year
because students follow a completely different curriculum and have more leisure activities on
Some of the items on the fourth year timetable which cannot
be experienced in any other year at school include
photography, film studies, canoeing, European Computer
Driving Licence (ECDL), mini company, drama workshops.
The underlying philosophy of the fourth year programme is to broaden the education of
students so that they grow towards independence and maturity. As a result, it is hoped that
they will be able to decide on their own futures and cope more effectively with life and work.
1. To provide young people with the skills and support necessary to :
Discover their own talents, aptitudes and abilities
Assist them to take responsibility for their own learning and
Develop effective study habits for the Senior Cycle
2. To facilitate the further development of each individual in the following areas :
3. To prepare students for life and work in an enterprise culture and for citizenship in the
4. The give students the opportunity to :
pause for reflection
think about and experience their likely career choices
provide a more informed choice of subject options
5. To encourage students to explore a variety of leisure activities so that they use
leisure time constructively
6. To help students become more aware of their community and thus enable them to
develop a civic spirit
7. To allow students to mature, helping them to follow the Leaving Certificate
programme with more purpose and motivation
Upon completion of the programme, each student will:
have developed to a higher level the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and
have developed the ability to cope better with decision making
have developed a wide range of transferable thinking and study skills
have been exposed to a wide range of creative and aesthetic pursuits
have been introduced to the implications and applications of information
technology in society
understand the nature of the scientific world
have developed responsibility for maintaining a healthy and safe lifestyle and a
higher level of personal development
have developed an awareness of the physical environment and be able to
contribute to its conservation and maintenance
have developed an understanding of the world of work
Work experience is a very important part of the transition year programme; it involves young
people undertaking tasks in an adult environment but without taking on the full responsibility
of the other workers.
Students can choose to do many kinds of jobs ranging from placements in industry to project
assignments in the community, this choice allows them to do a job that they enjoy doing, or
even try a job that they would be interested in doing once their education has been
Work experience is of benefit to everybody involved:
Students are given the experience of working in an adult environment
Teachers are able to prepare their students more effectively for the world of
Employers develop links with the school and can reach a greater
understanding of how schools can best prepare young people for
Parents can find out how suited their child is to a certain occupation
The Educational Aims
Work experience achieves the following educational aims:
It prepares young people for adult and working life
It improves the liaison between schools and the working world
It develops co-operation and partnership with the local community
It helps to develop more relevant curricula within schools for today's needs
It improves the quality of Career Guidance within schools
The fourth year programme provides a broad range of educational activities which are
grouped around traditional subjects, careers education and personal & social development.
The aim is to provide young people with an experience in all these areas and to encourage
them to adopt new approaches to learning.
In Fourth year, all the students are under continuous assessment. Each student has a
portfolio and contributes his/her best work at regular intervals during the year.
At the end of the year, each student’s portfolio is graded and is awarded a certificate of merit.
Students entering 4th year follow the following curriculum:
Irish Literature workshops
Exploration of media studies
Writing, vocabulary and grammar development
Emphasised oral and aural development
Creative writing workshops
Literary criticism-poetry and literature
Development of composing and comprehending skills
Personal engagement with texts
Geomorphology of Ireland/Rock Formations/ Rivers/ Lakes
/Volcanoes/Glacier formations/ Geological time
Aerial photographs and maps
Urban Geography/Town Planning and Development
Field Trips and Research
Women in History
Special study topics
Field Trips and Research
Computer based learning
Culinary Skills: Basic/continental /festive
Irish music, song and dance
ECDL(European Computer Driving Licence)
Life Saving and swimming
Students will have an opportunity to receive certificates in a
number of areas
Development of oral skills through presentations, drama and film
Art History and Appreciation
Photography and Graphic Design
Mural and Sculpture projects
Decorative Metal work
Computer Aided Design (Auto CAD)
Investigation of theories relevant to careers in the areas of
Personal development and awareness
Career Events and open days
Lab work to build on skills learned
Visits to industrial labs
Research and production of a product
Company structure created
In conjunction with Junior Achievement and the Monaghan County
Other aspects of the Transition Year Programme include:
A trip abroad
A trip to an outdoor pursuits centre
Driving theory lessons
Creation of a TY website
The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two year full time programme
aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme which is innovative
puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence which the Traditional Leaving
Certificate had not recognised in the past and is intended to meet the needs of students who:
Wish to follow a more practically based programme
Are not adequately catered for by the other Leaving Certificate
Who have followed the Junior Certificate Schools Programme.
Who have followed the Traditional Junior Certificate Programme but
who choose not to opt for the Traditional Leaving Certificate
Why this programme is called “Applied”?
It is titled Leaving Certificated Applied because it is designed to allow students to learn
practical skills and apply what they learn in the real world. It focuses on the talents of each
How does the Leaving Certificate Applied differ from the Traditional Leaving
It is different from the Traditional Leaving Certificate in 3 distinct ways:
In Leaving Certificate Applied, there are 3 main areas of study
General Education gives students general life skills, including the arts, social education,
leisure and languages. Here students study:
Basic Irish and French
Leisure and Recreation
A unique feature of the Leaving Certificate Applied curriculum is the fact that information
technology, the arts and leisure and recreation are compulsory for all students.
Vocational Preparation focuses on preparation for work, work experience, enterprise and
communications. The subjects here include:
English and Communications.
Vocational Preparation and Guidance.
Vocational Education is concerned with the development of mathematical and information
technology and the practical skills necessary for specialist areas such as tourism, business,
horticulture, engineering and technology. The subjects here include:
Information and Communication Technology
Graphics and Construction Studies
Office Administration and Customer Care
THE RANGE OF PRACTICAL SUBJECTS OFFERED HERE CAN VARY FROM YEAR TO
The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme:
Is designed to promote personal development and communication skills.
Is responsive to student needs and talents.
Is responsive to varied aptitudes, abilities and interests.
Is practically based -students learn by doing.
It promotes co-operation and interaction between school and the wider
Students develop a variety of skills.
It promotes self-confidence, creativity and self-reliance.
It meets the needs of students who have found traditional methods of
assessment unsuited to their learning styles.
The Leaving Certificate Applied assessment takes place over 2 years and is based on a
Credit System with a maximum of 200 credits. This system has 2 components:
Here 7 task (projects) are completed over the 2-year period and students can achieve 70
credits for these tasks.
Students are also given assignments to complete and if completed students can claim
another 62 credits.
This means that students can have as many as 132 credits accumulated before they sit their
Attendance is crucial and the accumulation of Credits is base on an attendance record of 90%
Students must sit a practical examination in each of the 2 Practical areas
Oral examinations are held in the case of the languages including English and
Short written examinations are taken in:
1. English and Communications
2. The 2 practical areas
3. Mathematical Applications
5. Social Education
These examinations should not pose any threat to students considering taking the course as
thy only account for 68 out of a total of 200 credits.
Certification of Leaving Certificate Applied
Students who successfully complete the programme receive a Leaving Certificate from the
Department of Education and Science.
This certificate is awarded at 3 levels:
Pass (120-139 credits)
Merit (140-169 credits)
Distinction (170-200 credits)
Further Education and Training
After completing the Leaving Certificate Applied:
Students are eligible for employment, including apprenticeships.
Those obtaining a Merit or Distinction may apply for jobs like the Garda Siochana.
Students are also eligible to apply for admission to the Army.
Many pursue courses in Agriculture, Horticulture, Hotel, Catering and tourism.
Students are also eligible for most “Post Leaving Certificate” course and though the
“Ladder of Progression” becomes eligible for some course in Institutes of Technology
Is the Leaving Certificate Applied for you?
Are you as a student interested in a new approach to education and learning?
Would you like the opportunity to follow a practical course that is based in school, the
workplace and the community?
Would you like your Leaving Certificate based on continuous assessment and not just
your final examination?
Is your attendance record over 90%?
Are you willing to work individually or as part of a team?
If your answer is yes to these questions then the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme may
be for you.
To compliment the core curriculum all Senior Cycle students in Beech Hill College take the
following non-examination subjects:
The development of a healthy approach to leisure time is also promoted through a wide range
of sporting, cultural and social activities. These activities enhance the quality of student life
and are essential to the provision of a balanced education.
A strong emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person through the
development of student responsibilities. Initiatives in place to foster leadership qualities
The Prefect System
The Student Council
The Gaisce Award Scheme
Work Experience for all 5 Years
Personal Development Programmes
Bank of Ireland Project
To conclude Beech Hill College works with all to create an open, friendly and caring
atmosphere, which stimulates each student to achieve his/her highest potential.