Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
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. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.
Throughout the programme students are encouraged to
- be innovative and enterprising
- take responsibility for their own learning
- adapt to changing circumstances
- evaluate data and devise solutions to problems
- communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively
- work with others as part of a team
- investigate and plan career options
- use information and communications technologies
- investigate local business and community enterprises
- learn from their experiences.
These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.
• The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is an enhanced traditional Leaving Certificate
• LCVP students take seven subjects in their Leaving Cert (plus the LCVP Link Modules)
• LCVP students are in the same classes as students taking the traditional Leaving Cert
• LCVP students sit the same exams as students taking the traditional Leaving Cert
• LCVP students get the same certificate as students taking the traditional Leaving Cert
• The Link Modules count for points for entry to university or institutes of technology
So what’s the difference?
As well as their seven Leaving Cert subjects, LCVP students take an extra two modules:
• Enterprise Education
• Preparation for the World of Work
|These modules are covered in one double period per week. This is an activity based programme and students learn through doing, i.e. they participate in activities through which they learn valuable life skills.
* Communication skills
* Computer skills
* Job search skills
* Enterprise skills
* Teamwork skills
|What sort of Activities do LCVP students participate in?
• Investigation of your community.
• An enterprise activity
• A career investigation and work shadowing.
• Visitors to the classroom.
• Visit to a workplace and interview the owner.
• Oral presentations to peer groups/use of audio-visual equipment.
• Mock interview, preparation of CV etc.
• Introduction to computers.
Who is eligible for a place on the LCVP course?
Any student taking the traditional Leaving Certificate who studies French and a certain subject combination can apply for a place on the course. Subject combinations are determined by the Department of Education and listed below.
Subject Combinations for LCVP
All Leaving Cert Students study SEVEN subjects
1. English, Irish , Maths, French
2. One of the Vocational subject groupings as follows
3. ONE other subject
4. The Link Modules (Enterprise Education & Preparation for the World of Work)
How are the Link Modules assessed?
Students present a portfolio of their work (60%) and sit a two and a half hour exam in May (40%).
The Portfolio will contain:
Any two of the following:
• Recorded Interview/Presentation
Points are awarded for the universities and ITs as follows:
Distinction (70) Merit (50) Pass (30)
Further details : www.lcvp.ie
Asia Europe Classroom
In 2007 the 5th Year LCVP students participated in an innovative project as part of an online community of schools from Europe and Asia.
In the first phase of the project, pupils began by relating to each other in a social forum in the Moodle (open-source) virtual learning environment.
In the second phase, pupils worked in groups in their own schools where they planned and executed a research project which they uploaded to the Local Industry and Enterprise Project forum to be reviewed by their partner schools around the world.
The project ended with a process of reflection and peer evaluation. Pupils reviewed the submissions from the different countries and discussed them in class. They were then invited to comment on the work through a “Feedback forum” in which they were expected to express informed opinions, compare and contrast their own submissions with those of their partners in the other countries.
For further details on the Asia Europe Classroom click here
The Loreto Crumlin project featured in a short educational video which has been shown at teachers' conferences in a number of countries including Malaysia, United States and Ireland.