The Leaving Certificate Applied programme is a two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. 

The programme sets out to recognise the talents of all students and to provide opportunities for developing personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge. 

The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called sessions. Achievement is credited in each session. Courses are offered in three main areas: Vocational Preparation; General Education; and Vocational Education. 


Assessment takes place on the completion of modules, and there is also a final examination in each of the following areas: 

  • English and Communication 
  • Two vocational specialisms 
  • Mathematical Applications 
  • Language 
  • Social Education 

Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education and Science. The certificate is awarded at three levels: Pass; Merit; and Distinction.