The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)


The LCVP is a course offered to students in Senior Cycle who choose certain combinations of option subjects to study for the Leaving Certificate.

The programme has two central components:


Preparation for the World of Work.

Students research and investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques; gain valuable practical experience of the world of work; interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them


Enterprise Education

Students are involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; meet and interview enterprising people on site and in the classroom; plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity, initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.


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 and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.


Throughout the programme students are encouraged to:

•Be innovative and enterprising

•Take responsibility for their own learning

•Adapt to changing circumstances

•Evaluate data and devise solutions to problems

•Communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively

•Work with others as part of a team

•Investigate and plan career options

•Use information and communications technologies

•Investigate local businesses and community enterprises

•Learn from their experiences


These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.


Students in LCVP prepare for the established Leaving Certificate along with those not in the programme but follow this extra course for two periods per week.


Who is eligible?

Students who choose certain combinations of option subjects for Leaving Certificate and who study a European Language.

Parents of Third Year students are given a presentation on the LCVP at the Senior Cycle Options evening and students who are eligible are offered places on the programme.


For further information please consult the LCVP tab on the PDST website