Leaving Cert Vocational Programme

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an optional, two year, academic and experience-based programme, available in Presentation Secondary School Castleisland.

Candidates following the LCVP take a practical programme called the Links Modules. The Links Modules consists of compulsory work experience and enterprise activity together with personal vocational exploration and substantial use of information technology.

The Leaving Certificate Vocational is designed to give a strong vocational dimension to the Leaving Certificate. The programme combines the virtues of academic study with a new and dynamic focus on self-directed learning, enterprise, work and the community. Young people taking the LCVP have a unique opportunity to develop their interpersonal, vocational and technological skills. These skills are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to commence their own business in the future.

General Aims

The general aims of the course are to enable students to:

  • Realise the vocational potential of their Leaving Certificate subjects
  • Become self-confident, innovative and resourceful
  • Acquire attitudes and skills appropriate to adult life, the world of work and enterprise
  • Explore career opportunities in areas relevant to their vocational subject grouping and personal aspirations
  • Interact and learn from adults in the community
  • Utilise local business and community enterprises as learning resources


The Course

The LCVP or Link Modules course is made up to two parts:
1. Preparation for the World of Work
2. Enterprise Education


There are two types of assessment in L.C.V.P.

Portfolio of Coursework

The portfolio is worth 60% of the total marks and is made up of work completed over the two years. Each student is expected to submit all of the Core items listed below and two of the four optional items.

Section 1: Core Items:
– Curriculum vitae
– Career investigation
– Summary report
– Enterprise/Action plan

Section 2: Optional Items (two out of four):
– Diary of work experience
– Enterprise report
– Recorded interview/presentation
– Report on ‘My Own Place

Examination Paper

The examination is worth 40% of the total marks.

Section A: Audio-visual Presentation

Section B: Case Study (received in advance by the students)

Section C: General Questions (four out of six to be completed)

Students of LCVP receive a grade of Distinction, Merit or Pass. CAO Points applicable are as follows:
Distinction (66 points) Merit (46 points) Pass (28 points).