LCVP

WHAT IS LCVP?

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme was introduced in 1994 in response to the changing needs of Ireland's education system and the changing patterns taking place in work and business. Many educationalists believe the traditional Leaving Certificate is too academic. The LCVP provides a balance between the traditional Leaving Certificate and the development of skills and qualities that will be relevant to the lives of students on leaving school for further education work. Changing work environments are placing greater emphasis on the need for new employees to be well educated, confident, adaptable to possess good problem solving skills and to be familiar with information and communication problems. The LCVP aims to develop these qualities. The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) can be described as a Leaving Certificate with a strong vocational dimension. It provides students with the opportunity to release their potential for self directed learning, for innovation and for enterprise.

LCVP is a full Leaving Certificate plus three link modules.

  • Enterprise Education
  • Preparation for work
  • Work Experience

LCVP makes links between your Leaving Certificate Subjects and the real world to give you a better understanding of what you studying and why you are studying it.

THE LCVP CAN HELP YOU TO...

  • take responsibility for your own learning
  • develop key skills for the modern working environment
  • become more innovative and enterprising
  • work well with others as part of a team
  • communicate your thoughts and ideas effectively
  • network with people in business and the community
  • investigate and plan your career options
  • access and use computers and audio-visual equipment

WHAT SUBJECTS DO LCVP STUDENTS STUDY?

  • Two Leaving certificate subjects from one of the vocational subject groupings. (There is a wide variety of groupings available)
  • Other Leaving Certificate subjects including Irish (Most LCVP students will take a total of 7 Leaving Certificate subjects)
  • A Leaving Certificate continental language or vocational language module.
  • The three link modules

WHAT EXACTLY ARE LINK MODULES?

Enterprise Education
Meet and interview enterprising people in business and in your community. Plan and undertake activities with your class to develop self-confidence creativity and initiative.

Preparation for work
Develop your job-seeking skills, such as letter writing CV presentation, interview preparation. Research and investigate local employment opportunities.

Work Experience
Gain valuable practical experience of the world of work. Investigate a variety of careers. Interview and work shadow a person in a career are that interests you.

The Link Modules are recognised in points terms by Institutes of Technology:

  • 70 points for a distinction (80-100%)
  • 50 points for a merit (65-79%)
  • 30 points for a pass (50-64%)

The Link Modules are recognised in points terms by Universities

  • 50 points for a Distinction
  • 40 points for a Merit
  • 30 points for a pass

HOW DO OTHERS VALUE LCVP?

Third Level

Skills learned through LCVP, researching, writing reports and making presentations are a key to your success at third level. That's why an increasing number of third level institutions are recognising the LCVP.

Employers

A modern worker needs to be well educated, a  good communicator, multi skilled and able to work  in a team. Employers are enthusiastic about  LCVP because it encourages the skills and qualities  they value.