The Leaving Cert Applied (LCA) is a distinct, self-contained Leaving Certificate programme. A two-year programme, it is designed for students who wish to follow a practical and vocationally oriented course. It allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they gain over the two years to practical and educational task in school, in the work environment and in the community. Students are assessed both on work and projects through the two years and in the State exams, held at the same time as the traditional Leaving Cert exams.
Courses studied by the LCA students in Mitchelstown CBS include
Irish Construction Studies Leisure
English Agricultural Science Spanish (6th year)
Maths Retail skills Food Science (6th Yr)
SPHE Computer studies Careers (6th Year)
CSPE Vocational Preparation Religion
An essential element of the LCA is the area of preparation for work. Students have timetabled Careers class and also have the opportunity to gain Work Experience with local employers throughout the two year programme. Students also take responsibility for running their own school canteen, and run a number of small enterprises which they present at an LCA trade fair at the end of the year.
Students also take on excursions to outdoor activities including surfing, karting, driving simulation and paintballing. They participate in additional certified courses facilitated by outside instructors, including Safe Pass, First Aid and Food Hygiene. A number of visiting speakers are also involved in delivering the broad and practical course, speaking on varying areas of interest from environment to health and nutrition to community issues.