Transition Year

What is Transition Year?

One year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle.
It acts as a bridge between Junior and Senior Cycle – from more dependent
to more independent self-directed learning.


Education for maturity with the emphasis on social awareness
and increased social competence.
Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity
Promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning.

Why consider Transition Year?
  • A maturing year
  • Resulting in students pursuing the Leaving Certificate with more purpose and motivation
  • The curriculum has been developed with an academic focus to provide a strong foundation for the Leaving Certificate

Irish, English, Maths, French, German, History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Ag. Science,
Business Studies, Home Economics, ICT, PE, Music, Career and Personal Development, Religion
New timetabled modules:
Drama & Debating, Sign Language, Health & Wellness, Craft & Design

Other Activities
  • Driving Campus
  • Law Day
  • Toastmasters
  • John Paul II Awards
  • Subject Related Projects/Competitions
  • Language Exchange Programmes
  • Visit/Torus
  • Charity Fundraising
  • Sign Language
  • Driving Campus
  • Mentoring Programme (optional)
  • Drumming Workshop
  • Musical/Alternative/Variety Show
  • Outdoor education – Blackwater Activity centre/Surfing/Alternative
  • 2 one week work experience placements
  • Competitions – Young Scientist Exhibition, YSI, Mini Company, Build a Bank, Eco Unesco, One Good Idea, Sci Fest
  • Gaisce
  • Film Making/Song School/Rap Workshop
Benefits of Transition Year
  • More informed on Subject Choice
  • Independent self-directed learning
  • Assessment (AFL)/Self-assessment
  • CAO choices/course requirements
  • Self-management skills
  • Time management skills
  • Study skills – independent, self-directed
  • Group/project work/research skills
  • I.C.T. skills
  • University Links through placements