Leaving Certificate Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) is a distinct, self-contained Leaving Certificate programme. It is designed for those students who do not wish to proceed directly to third level education or for those whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the other two Leaving Certificate programmes.

The Leaving Certificate Applied is structured around three main elements – Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education – which are interrelated and interdependent. This programme is characterised by educational experiences of an active, practical and student-centred nature.