The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme was introduced into Errigal College at the start of the 2003 school year and has seen numerous students taking part over the years. The L.C.A. is a stand alone class for the duration of the two years of the Leaving Certificate course. There is a wide variety of subjects available to students pursuing the LCA. The subjects available to students are as follows; Irish, English and Communications, Mathematical Applications, Social Education, Leisure and Recreation, Introduction to I.C.T. French, Arts Education, Active Leisure Studies and Construction and Graphics. As part of the LCA programme students are required to attend work placement one day per week during the duration of the two years. This gives the students the opportunity to experience four different work environments while studying for their Leaving Certificates. The work experience also counts for the final grade in the Leaving Certificate.
The assessment process of the LCA is bases on continual assessment which means that every four months students are required to complete class assignments and various Tasks within the school. External examiners from the Department of Education examine these and grade them. The results of these also carry over to the final grade of the LCA. Approximately 31% of the Leaving Cert is based on Class assignments. 35% of the total marks are assigned to seven Tasks that are carried out over the two years. The final 34% consists of end of course exams in the school. The LCA offers an excellent opportunity for students who find the pressure of end of course exams too stressful or for students who prefer to work in a continual assessment environment.