Senior Cycle

St. Paul’s Community College provides three distinct programmes in Senior Cycle:

  • Established Leaving Certificate
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
Established Leaving Certificate

All students take the core subjects together with four personally selected subjects from an extensive list. The widest range of subjects are offered at higher or ordinary level.

Core Subjects: Irish, English & Maths

Students choose 4 subjects from the following list:

French, Physics, Engineering, History, Business Organisation, Home Economics, German, Biology, Construction Studies, Geography, Economics, Music, Chemistry, Technical Studies, Art, Economic History.

Non-examination subjects include: Computer Studies, Physical Education, Religion,
Career Guidance & Health Education

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

This course is aimed at students who hope to study Post Leaving Certificate courses or go directly in the world of work after leaving school. It is a two year full time course. There are three elements in this course:

Vocational Preparation Mathematical Specialisms Two Vocational Specialisms
Information Technology Information Technology Vocational Preparation & Guidance
English & Communications General Education Art Education
Social Education Languages Leisure & Recreation
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) was established in the school in 1996. Essentially the programme focuses on the study of Leaving Certificate subjects, with an added vocational dimension. LCVP students take a minimum of five Leaving Certificate subjects.

In addition to this they undertake the study of three Link Modules:

Preparation for work

Work Experience

Enterprise Education

Together, these three modules are recognised as one complete subject and are assessed in sixth year by means of a written examination. The purpose of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme is to foster in young people a spirit of enterprise, to allow them to develop technological skills and to afford them an experience of the world of work.

Over a two year period, students get involved in a variety of activities, including the setting up of their own mini-enterprises. They have access to Information Technology. They also partake in a work placement programme and visit local businesses.

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme has been made all the more attractive in recent years owing to it’s recognition by Institutes of Technology and Universities for a wide variety of diploma and degree courses.