Leaving Certificate

The Leaving Certificate examination is held at the end of the Senior Cycle in post-primary schools. It is the terminal examination of post primary education. The Senior Cycle caters for pupils in the 16 to 19 year old age group. Students normally sit for the examination at the age of 17, 18 or 19 after six years of post primary education.

Pupils following the established Leaving Certificate programme must take at least five subjects, including Irish.

Subjects offered at Leaving Certificate Level in St Kevin’s Community College:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths
  • Art including Art history and appreciation
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Construction studies
  • Engineering
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics (social and scientific)

Students also study Physical Education, Religious Education, Career Guidance and SPHE (all non-exam subjects).

Senior Cycle Information from the NCCA


Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate had not recognised in the past. It is an innovative programme in the way students learn, in what they learn and in the way their achievements are assessed. It is a person-centred programme involving a cross-curricular approach rather than a subject based structure. It has as its primary objective the preparation of participants for adult and working life through relevant learning experiences which develop the following areas of human endeavour;  spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and physical.

The framework of the Leaving Certificate Applied consists of a number of modules grouped under three general headings:

  • General education
  • Vocational education
  • Vocational preparation

The Leaving Certificate Applied is intended to meet the needs of those students who either chose not to opt for other Leaving Certificate programmes or who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes.

Graduates of the Leaving Certificate Applied do not have direct access to higher education through the Central Applications Office (CAO). However, graduates of the Leaving Certificate Applied who progress to an approved further education award can become eligible for admission to some third level courses in the institutes of technology and following that to some degree courses in the institutes of technology and in the universities.

Modules offered at Leaving Certificate Applied level in St Kevin’s Community College:

Vocational preparation:

  • Vocational preparation and guidance
  • English and communications

Vocational education:

  • Information technology *
  • Mathematical applications
  • Hotel catering and tourism (specialism)
  • Information technology (specialism)

General education:

  • Arts visual *
  • Leisure and recreation *
  • Gaeilge *
  • Social education
  • Spanish/ French *


  • Religion
  • Engineering