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Leaving Certificate


The Senior Programme at Carlow Vocational School is a two-year course that will lead to the State Exams Commission Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme or Leaving Certificate Established of the Department of Education and Skills.

We offer a wide range of subjects at both Higher
and Ordinary levels in order that all students can
maximise their potential to achieve.

All students study a core programme including:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Physical Education
  • Careers Guidance

The core programme also includes specific workshop sessions on personal safety, health, study skills, Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE).

In addition, students have to opportunity to study up to four of the following option subjects:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Construction Studies (Wood)
  • Design and Communication Graphics
  • Engineering (Metal)
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Home Economics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Links Modules

‘Teachers skilfully chose and integrated a range of
appropriate methodologies in lessons that were both
engaging and complementary to the topic’
DES Subject Inspection 2010


Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)


The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an additional option available to senior level students.  Spread over two years, LCVP combines the Leaving Certificate Established (LCE) with a specific extra element of enterprise, information technology and applied study.  LCVP has major relevance upon leaving school for further and higher education, and employment by connecting
academic study with the wider world of careers and work.  Students who complete LCVP can gain additional university entry (CAO) points in addition to their Leaving Certificate results.


Work Experience

All students who take the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) are placed with local employers for a period of work experience.  As a result, students gain valuable experience of the world of work and further enhance their education programme and help them make informed choices about their future.





Advice and Support

We meet with every student to ensure that their choice of programme, including core and optional subjects
meets their potential and their own specific needs, interests and ambitions.  We will advise students and
their parents/guardians on the best combination of subjects, particularly to ensure maximum choice when
it comes to progression to work, or further and higher education.  We will also help understand any individual
learning needs/exemptions etc that might influence individual programmes.  The specific programme
undertaken is dependent on student enrolment, resources and needs.