Hello and welcome to Coláiste Dún an Rí Transition Year (TY). TY is an optional year that takes place after 3rd Year, once students have completed their Junior Cycle exams, and before they enter the Leaving Certificate programme in 5th Year. It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes. It is available to all second level schools and currently approximately 75% of schools offer the programme. 

The TY curriculum in Coláiste Dún an Rí is built around the needs and interests of our students. It capitalises on the talents and expertise of our teaching staff and seeks to develop links with our local community, enabling students to strengthen their sense of connection with where they live. The focus is on building skills that will be of benefit to our students in their day-to-day lives and better prepare them for their educational journey going forward. TY in Coláiste Dún an Rí targets and aims to improve the skills of communication, creativity, managing myself and working with others. I hope you find this page useful and informative and that it will give you a taste of what Transition Year in Coláiste Dún an Rí is all about. You will find as the year progresses information on the TY curriculum, links we have developed with partners and friends in our community, articles written by students on the different events they’ve been involved in.  I hope to make this year as enriching for all our students despite the current challenges of Covid-19 and its restrictions.    

Sharon Cumiskey 

Guidance Counsellor/Transition Year Coordinator 


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.


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.


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.


The student gets the same certificate as other Leaving Cert students but the certificate will include an additional statement of their LINK MODULES.



66 CAO Points



46 CAO Points


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.

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