In St. Anne’s many Leaving Certificate students opt to do the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is a Leaving Certificate with a strong vocational aspect. The programme consists of Leaving Certificate subjects, together with three compulsory link modules on enterprise education, preparation for work and work experience. LCVP can be taken by all senior cycle students who qualify by studying particular subject groupings as an eight subject.
The programme aims to balance the merits of the traditional academic Leaving Certificate with the development of skills and qualities relevant to the lives of students when they leave school. Within the LCVP students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged in personal initiative-taking, team work and self-reliance.
The link modules are assessed in a written examination representing 40% of total marks and a portfolio of coursework representing 60% of total marks. Students receive the same certificate as other Leaving Certificate students, but their Leaving Certificate includes an additional statement of the results of the link modules (pass, merit or distinction).
Students have two class periods a week related to LCVP. These are called “Link” modules as the content of each module has links with the other. The link modules are activity based so there is very little study involved. Key activities include:
- Conducting Investigations into local charities, businesses and the community
- Conducting Visits to local businesses and community organisations
- Inviting guest speakers to the classroom
- Running a Fundraising Enterprise
- Engaging in Job Search
- Interview preparation and Mock Interviews
- Participating in Work Experience
- Making Presentations
- Using Information Technology
Further information on LCVP is available on www.lcvp.ie