LCVP in Colaiste Iosagain



-          The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme was introduced nationally in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and business environment.

-          The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense with an ability to cope thrive in an environment of rapid change.

-          Students taking the LCVP as an addition to the Leaving Certificate Established undertake two link modules during one double class a week

1)                  Preparation for the World of Work

2)                  Enterprise

Points Awarded


The Link Modules may be used as one of the six Leaving Certificate subjects when calculating points for the Institutes of Technologies and the Universities.

            Grade                         Percent                       Points Awarded

            Distinction                  80-100%                      70 Points

            Merit                           65-79%                        50 Points

            Pass                             50-64%                        30 Points


            Written Examination               40%    

            Portfolio of Coursework         60%

-          The written examination is held in May of the Leaving Certificate Year.

-          The portfolio is assembled over two years and is submitted one week prior to the May exam.

Skills Developed during LCVP

Information Technology

Report Writing

Communication Skills


Research Skills

Interview Skills

Self-Directed Learning

Abilities to Meet Deadlines

Link Module Activities Currently in Place in Colaiste Iosagain

Over the two years of the programme the students:

  • Prepare a Curriculum Vitae.

  • Undertake a Career Investigation

  • Engage in Work Shadowing

  • Take part in an Enterprise/Fundraising activity.  For example:         

    • Jump For Joy in aid of Crumlin Hospital
    • Tesco Computers for Schools
    • HB Ice-Cream Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland

  • Visit Local Enterprises.  For example: Polar Ice, Siac, Riverside Furniture

  • Arrange Visits In from local entrepreneurs

  • Do mock interviews with a representative of our local AIB bank

  • Investigate their local area

  • Arrange Visits In from local community development organizations including Portarlington Development Project and St Vincent de Paul

  • Type up a portfolio on the above using Information Technology

Programme Requirements


All students who satisfy the programme requirements are offered a place on the LCVP programme.  In order to qualify students must:

-          Study at least five Leaving Certificate subjects including Irish.

-          Study a modern European language.

-          Have two of the qualifying subjects from the designated subject groupings.

Information on about the subject groupings may be found on or by asking a teacher of LCVP or the Career Guidance Counsellor.


27 of the 41 Colaiste Iosagain students who took the LCVP in 2007 used it as one of the 6 subjects in the calculation of their points.


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