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LCVP – Senior Cycle

What is LCVP?

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is a Senior Cycle programme. We offer this as a subject choice in Loreto Mullingar.
Students taking the Leaving Certificate Examination will follow two Link Modules over the course of the two years.

Module 1- The world of work
Students will 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; investigate a career area that interests them.

Module 2- Enterprise Education
Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; inviting enterprising people to the classroom; planning and undertaking an enterprise activity.

Skill Development
Candidates taking the LCVP have an opportunity to develop interpersonal, vocational & technological skills.The learning activities will build self–confidence, creativity, initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills These skills are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.

Programme Requirements for students:
At least five Leaving Certificate subjects are chosen, where one of which must be Irish* plus the Link Modules.

Two subjects must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings (see below) . These subjects provide students with a focus for developing vocational skills and exploring their career options. The Specialist Groupings consist of subjects which complement one another naturally. Students will be advised on this if they opt to take LCVP.

Specialist Groupings

Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry

Home Economics; Agricultural Science; Biology – Any Two

Home Economics and Art – Design Option or Craft Option

Accounting; Business; Economics – Any two

Physics and Chemistry

Biology and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry

Biology and Agricultural Science

Art – Design Option or Craft Option and Design & Communication Graphics

Services Groupings

Home Economics and Accounting or Business or Economics

Agricultural Science and Accounting or Business or Economics

Art  Design or Craftwork Option and Accounting or Business or Economics

Music and Accounting or Business or Economics

A recognised course in a Modern European Language other than Irish or English will be taken. For students who are exempt from a language, they will take a language class for one class period per week over the two years of the programme within school time. It is not assessed externally.

*If a student is exempt from Irish for the Leaving Certificate they must still comply with the requirement to present a minimum of five subjects in the Leaving Certificate.

Assessment
For the Link Modules, students are assessed by Written Examination (40%) and by Portfolio of Coursework (60%). The Portfolio and Written Examination are externally assessed by the Department of Education & Skills.

The Portfolio of Coursework accounts for 60% of total marks.
Students assemble their digital portfolio over the two years of the programme. The Portfolio of coursework must be printed and submitted on the first Wednesday in March.

LINK MODULES – PORTFOLIO OF COURSEWORK
CORE ITEMS
Curriculum Vitae
Career Investigation
Enterprise/Action Plan
Summary Report

OPTIONAL ITEMS (any two)
Diary of Work Experience
Enterprise Report
Recorded Interview/Presentation
Report on My Own Place

The written examination takes place the first Wednesday in May of the Leaving Certificate Year.
The structure of the Written Examination is as follows:
Section A – Audio Visual Presentation
Section B – Case Study (received in advance by students)
Section C – General Questions (4 out of 6)

Points for LCVP
LCVP students receive the same certificate as other Leaving Certificate students but their Certificate includes an additional statement of the results of the Link Modules.
The Link Modules are recognised for points purposes by the Institutes of Technology and the Universities. The points are allocated as follows:

Grade/Universities and Institutes of Technology Award Revised points 2017 onwards:
Distinction (80-100%)/66 points
Merit (65-79%) /46 points
Pass (50-64%) /28 points