Senior Cycle

Fifth and Sixth Year
Students are required to take seven examination subjects. Irish, English and Mathematics are compulsory. The taking of at least one continental language is strongly advised and is compulsory for entry into N.U.I other subjects (choose four) – French, German, History, Geography, Music, Home Economics (Social and Scientific), Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Business, Accounting.
R.E., Careers and P.E. are also available.

Optional Extras
The following subjects are available after school and at an additional charge – Art and Speech and Drama.

Leaving Certificate Applied (L.C.A.)
In Presentation Secondary School we are committed to catering for the educational needs of all our pupils. While the traditional Leaving Cert. serves the majority of students very well, we believe that some of our students would develop their skills, self-esteem and sense of responsibility more successfully by following an alternative course.

We introduced the Leaving Cert. Applied programme in September 1998 to provide this alternative. Leaving Cert. Applied, like the traditional Leaving Cert. is a two-year course.

Teaching and Learning in the Leaving Certificate Applied
• Promotes communication skills and personal development
• Develops enterprise, co-operation, self-confidence, responsibility, creativity and self-appraisal skills.
• Promotes co-operation between the school and the local community.
• Applies knowledge and skills to the solution of real problems.
• Develops skills of active learning for life-long education.
• Treats all participants equally, while recognizing difference in gender, interest, aptitudes and abilities.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
The LCVP is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the established Leaving Certificate. It combines the academic strengths of the established Leaving Certificate with a new focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community.

The strong vocational focus of the LCVP is achieved by arranging Leaving Certificate subjects into vocational subject’s groupings and adding two courses of study – Preparation for Work and Enterprise Education, known as Link Modules.

During the course, students complete a Work Placement (during the school holidays), a Career Investigation, a mini Enterprise and take part in business and community visits.

Entry Requirements
– LCVP students must take a minimum of 5 Leaving Cert. Subjects (at higher, ordinary or foundation level) including Irish.
– Two of the subjects must be selected from one of the designated vocational subject groupings.
– Students must study two Link Modules, Preparation for Work and Enterprise Education.
– Students must follow a recognised course in a Modern European Language other than English.

The vocational subject groups provide students with a focus for developing vocational skills and exploring their career options.

Certification
LCVP students receive the same certification as students of the established Leaving Certificate with an additional grade for the links Modules. The Link Modules are presently recognised in the points system for the purposes of entry to all Universities and Institutes of Technology as follows:

– Distinction 70 Points
– Merit 50 Points
– Pass 30 Points