The strong vocational focus of the LCVP is achieved by arranging Leaving Certificate subjects into Vocational Subject Groupings and through the provision of two additional courses of study in work preparation and enterprise, known as the Link Modules.
These subjects teach the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.
Students who take the LCVP/Link Modules will benefit in several ways. Through the Programme’s focus on personal development, they will be able to:
Through the Programme’s focus on the world of work they will have:
Through the Programmes’ focus on enterprise, business and technology they will:
Through these benefits, LCVP students will be more employable. They will be in a better position to set up their own business. In addition, they will have skills and aptitudes which will enable them to be more effective learners in the further education they receive at third level.
Skills learned through LCVP such as planning, researching, writing reports and making presentations are keys to your success at third level. The LCVP may be counted as one of the 6 subjects when calculating points.
Students taking the Link Modules over the course of the two years in addition to their normal Leaving Certificate Examination will follow two modules
Students will research and investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques; gain valuable practical experience of the world of work; interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them.
Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; meet and interview enterprising people on site and in the classroom; plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity and initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.
Two subjects are selected from one of the Vocational Subject Groupings. These subjects provide students with a focus for developing vocational skills and exploring their career options. The VSG’s are reviewed annually and new combinations introduced in response to changing needs. The Specialist Groupings consist of subjects which complement one another naturally. The Services Groupings comprise subjects which complement one another in a commercial context.
1. Construction Studies or Engineering or Technical Drawing (any two)
2. Physics and Construction Studies or Engineering
3. Agricultural Science and Construction Studies or Engineering
4. Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics or Physics & Chemistry (combined)
5. Home Economics and Agricultural Science or Biology
6. Home Economics and Art
7. Accounting or Business or Economics (any two)
8. Physics and Chemistry
9. Biology and Chemistry or Physics or Physics & Chemistry (combined)
1. Engineering and Business or Accounting or Economics
2. Construction Studies and Business or Accounting or Economics
3. Home Economics and Business or Accounting or Economics
4. Agricultural Science and Business or Accounting or Economics
5. Art and Business or Accounting or Economics
6. Music and Business or Accounting or Economics
LCVP students are required to take the Link Modules, Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education, over the two years of the programme. These modules, which are almost entirely activity driven, should be delivered as an integrated unit in conjunction with the Vocational Subject Groupings. Link Module activities provide a setting in which connections can be made between vocational subjects and the world of work.
This module is designed to develop students’ general understanding of the world of work, introduce them to career research and provide them with the knowledge and skills to find employment. As part of this module each student is expected to complete a career investigation and engage in a work experience or work shadowing placement.
This module aims to develop creativity, resourcefulness, self-confidence and initiative. Students are encouraged to interview enterprising people, investigate local enterprises and to set up their own enterprise projects as vehicles of learning. The content of the module is flexible to allow a school to utilise local resources and enable learning to take place in as wide a variety of settings as possible.
LCVP students must follow a recognised course in a Modern European Language over the two years of the programme. Whilst the vast majority follow a Leaving Certificate Modern European Language Course, a small minority of students take a Vocational Language Module in order to fulfill the requirements.
The Link Modules, Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education are treated as a unit for assessment purposes. Assessment, which is at a common level, comprises two elements, a Terminal Examination Paper and a Portfolio of Coursework.
LCVP students receive the same certificate as students of the Leaving Certificate (established). An additional statement of the grade received for the Link Modules is appended to the certificate.
Terminal Examination Paper – 40% of marks
Date: End of final year of the LCVP (normally in early May)
Duration: Two and a half hours
Section A: Audio-visual presentation
Section B: Case Study (received in advance by students)
Section C: General Questions (four out of six)
Portfolio of Coursework – 60% of total marks
Date: Assessed at the end of the final year of the LCVP
Duration: Assembled over two years of the Programme
Optional Items: (two out of four)
Diary of Work Experience
Report on “My Own Place”
Grades for the Link Modules are awarded as follows:
Distinction (80 – 100%)
Merit (65 – 79%)
Pass (50 – 64%)
Students who take the link modules are considered to be more ready for the world of work. The practical nature of the programme would be very beneficial to anyone interested in starting their own business or taking an active role in an established business.
In a rapidly changing, increasingly technological world, employers feel more than ever the need for new employees to be well educated in the broadest sense, adaptable, multi-skilled, good communicators, capable of making decisions and potential lifelong learners. The LCVP contributes to meeting these needs directly so it is no surprise that employers, familiar with the LCVP, see its students as being generally more employable.