Holy Child Community School

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

Leaving Certificate Applied in HCCS

LCA is a 2 Year Practical Leaving Certificate

Key skills:

  • Continuous assessment
  • Individual talents recognised
  • Community as classroom
  • Work and career focussed
  • Success and achievement
  • Different ways of learning

What is the Leaving Certificate Applied?

It is a distinct, self-contained, two year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing learners for adult and working life.

It emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past.

It offers a specific opportunity to prepare for and progress to further education and training.

Who would benefit most from the Leaving Certificate Applied?

  • Learners who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes.
  • Learners who choose not to opt for those programmes.

Rationale for LCA

  • Prepares learners for the demanding transition to adult and working life.
  • Recognises talents of all learners - programme responsive to aptitudes, abilities, needs and interests.
  • Provides opportunity to develop in terms of responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge.
  • Develops communication and decision making skills.
  • Helps learners achieve a more independent and enterprising approach to learning and to life.

Key underlying Principles

LCA Subjects:

English and Communication

Vocational preparation and Guidance



Social education

Arts education - Drama and Music

Leisure and Recreation

Vocational specialisms (2 specialisms)

Graphics and construction

Hotel Catering and Tourism


Active Leisure Studies

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