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Leaving Cert Applied (LCA)

LCA is a two year course based on continuous assessment. There are also exams at the end of 6th year. Students are awarded a Distinction, a Merit or a Pass.
The Leaving Certificate Applied has a strong vocational dimension which equips students with skills for the world of work and life-long learning.
Students wishing to further their education can do so by progressing into Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses. These are one-year courses (two in some cases) in a very wide range of specialist areas. PLC courses are at level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.www.nfq.ie
Graduates of the Leaving Certificate Applied who progress to an approved further education award (e.g. PLC) can become eligible for admission to some third level courses in the Institutes of Technology and following that to some degree courses in the Institutes of Technology and in the Universities.
Read this leaflet about progression from Fetac level 5 (PLC) courses to Higher Education Progression links from Fetac
Why do LCA?
The advantage of Leaving Certificate Applied is that it focuses on the talents of each individual student and helps students apply what they learn in the real world. The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called Sessions and achievements are credited in each of these Sessions.
Course Structure
Each course consists of a number of modules. A module generally represents a half-year’s work and there is provision for some choice of modules. Choice also exists in relation to VocationalSpecialisms. Two courses are selected from the following Vocational Specialisms:
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Hotel Catering and Tourism -Engineering
  • Technology
  • Office Administration and Customer Care
  • Childcare/Community Care
  • Graphics and Construction Studies
  • Craft and Design
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Active Leisure Studies
  • Four elective modules must also be chosen
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Streamville Road
Dublin 13

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