The Leaving Certificate Applied curriculum is a relatively new programme. It is geared to those who are principally interested in entering the world of work at the end of second level. Like the other Leaving Cert. programmes, it is a 2 year course. The emphasis, however, is focused on three special areas:
- Preparation for work.
- General Education.
- Vocational Education.
Students are assessed continuously over two years and are awarded credits for the successful completion of modules and prescribed tasks. The final examination occurs at the end of two years and accounts for approximately one third of the total credits. Students who obtain 60-69% of credits are awarded a Pass; those who receive 70-84% are given a Merit, while those who receive 85-100% are entitled to a distinction.