Leaving Cert Applied Programme

The Leaving Cert Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical Leaving Cert with a vocational focus. It is a practical Leaving Certificate Programme which places particular emphasis on preparation for the world of work and lifelong learning. Work experience is a significant component of the programme, and students get to sample a range of jobs and get firsthand experience of the world of work. Here in Ballinode Community College students have work experience on Friday for the duration of the school year. 

The learning experiences that students have are active and practical, where students get the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and experience to real life situations in the school, the workplace and in the wider community.  

 Students develop skills for work and life;

  • Communications
  • Teamwork 
  • Enterprise
  • Organisation
  • Self-Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Motivation
  • Initative
  • Planning

The programme provides a wealth of opportunities which enhance the self-esteem and confidence of students. There is less emphasis on the final examinations as coursework is assessed throughout the two years and students “gain credits” as they go along. Students’ work and skill development is assed in a variety of different ways including interviews, written, oral and practical components. Four times throughout the two years students get a statement of their results from the State Examinations Commission. In this way they experience regular feedback on their success and achievement. 

What are Credits?

As students complete and submit their Leaving Certificate Applied course work, they are awarded what are called “credits”. There are 200 credits available in total which are awarded as follows;

62 Credits 31% Ongoing attendance, Classwork & Assignments
70 Credits 35% Seven student Tasks (Projects)
68 Credits 34% Seven final Examinations

Total 200 Credits 


The Leaving Certificate Applied is awarded at 3 levels

  • Pass: 120 - 139 Credits 60% - 69%
  • Merit: 140 - 169 Credits 70% - 84%
  • Distinction: 170 - 200 Credits 85% - 100%‚Äč

Students who accumulate fewer than 120 credits receive a Record of Experience.

Courses (subjects) that are offered in Leaving Certificate Applied in Ballinode Community College. All students of Leaving Certificate Applied take the following subjects;

  • Vocational Preparation and Guidance
  • English and Communications 
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Arts Education
  • Social Education
  • Gaeilge Chumársaideach
  • Spanish
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Visual Art

In addition to the above, students choose to complete two specialist courses; 

  • Engineering or Information and Communication Technology 
  • Hotel, Catering and Tourism or Graphics and Construction Studies 

 Students who should consider Leaving Certificate Applied 

  • Someone who wants to stay in school and get a Leaving Certificate 
  • Someone who prefers learning by doing 
  • Someone who would be motivated by continuous assessment 
  • Someone who wants to gain work experience to assist them with their career choice 
  • Someone who wants to develop skills which help them in their future career 

Entry to the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme is by means of an interview. Applications can be made to ballinodecollege@msletb.ie. 

Some frequently asked questions about Leaving Certificate Applied 

Can a student go to further Education and Training? 

Yes, The Leaving Certificate Applied is accepted for a wide range of Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLC) at FETAC Level 5, it also provides access to most apprenticeships and other vocational training awards. 

Can a student go on to Higher Education? 

Graduates of Leaving Certificate Applied do not have direct access to Higher Education through the Central Applications Office (CAO)

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