The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate. The Primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. LCVP students must take at least FIVE Leaving certificate subjects,including Irish. Two of the Leaving Certificate subjects must be selected from one of the Vocational Subject Groupings (VSG’s). They must study the two link modules, namely Preparationfor the World of Work and Enterprise Education. Students are also required to follow a recognised course in a modern European Language (other than Irish or English).
The link modules are what set the LCVP apart from the established leaving certificate and the main selling point of the LCVP.
• Enterprise Education • Preparation for Work • Work Experience
Students taking the LCVP will benefit in several ways. Through the programmes’ focus on the personal development, they will be better able to: communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively, take responsibility for their own learning, adapt and cope with changing circumstances, learn from their experiences. Through the programme’s focus on the world of work they will gain: knowledge of the world of work, skills for job seeking, work experience or work shadowing which will help them decide on a future career. Through the programme on enterprise the students will be better able to be innovative and enterprising, work better with other people in teams, be familiar with setting up and running enterprising initiatives and have experience of using computers and audio visual equipment. The LCVP student has the same opportunity to proceed to 3rd level education as students of the established leaving certificate. Within the CAO system, all third level institutions have agreed to accept the link modules for points on the following basis: Pass 30 pts, Merit 50 pts, Distinction 70 pts.
The use of active teaching and learning methodologies is encouraged across the LCVP curriculum. The Link modules encourage students to apply knowledge and skills they have acquired through their vocational subjects and in other areas of their leaving certificate. Typical LCVP activates include: conducting out of school visits; inviting visitors to the classroom; conducting investigations; working in teams; organising Enterprise activities; making presentations and using information technology. In conclusion, the advantages of the LCVP are numerous and its primary goal is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense. The skills and qualities they acquire are paramount for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.