Fergal Boyle Leaving Cert. Vocational Programme WHAT IS THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMME (LCVP)? This is a programme that is essentially the ‘traditional’ Established Leaving Certificate ENHANCED with two LINK MODULES which are designed to allow the student to have experiences and develop skills sets which will make them ready for Third Level education and the adult world of work. The idea behind LCVP is to produce students at Leaving Certificate level who have reflected on their future and have a clear idea of their career paths and the best way of achieving their educational and career goals. WHAT ARE THE LINK MODULES? The LINK MODULES are entitled The World of Work and Enterprise Education. Many of the lessons and activities, such as visiting a manufacturing plant or having a local business person talk to the class, are designed to stimulate the student’s appreciation of entrepreneurship and career focus. Over the two years of LCVP, the student prepares a Portfolio including Curriculum Vitae, a Career Investigation, an Enterprise/Action Plan, a Summary Report plus 2 other items e.g. a popular choice is a recorded interview. In addition, the student will organise one 3-day WORK PLACEMENT during a holiday period. These are all activities which every Leaving Certificate candidate will have to tackle in order to be ready to leave secondary school with confidence, knowing what to do after the exam to achieve their goals. In LCVP, students get the chance to do these activities in school time under the guidance of experienced teachers and have the chance to convert their efforts into Leaving Certificate Points for CAO. WHAT SUBJECTS DOES AN LCVP STUDENT STUDY? LCVP students study 7 subjects. Irish, English, Maths and a modern European Language are compulsory. They must choose 2 subjects from the Specialist or Service Groupings. They will study the Link Modules of LCVP. Finally they will also have to choose one other subject. HOW IS LCVP CERTIFIED? The student gets the same certificate as other Leaving Cert students but the certificate will include an additional statement of their LINK MODULES. Distinction: 80%-100% 66 CAO Points Merit: 65%-79% 46 CAO Points Pass: 50% - 64% 28 CAO Points Students may count the points awarded towards their CAO points total instead of a subject which received a lower score.