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Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

What is LCVP? 

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate (established). The programme was introduced in 1994 in response to the challenge placed on Ireland’s education system by a changing work and business environment. The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate (established) with a new and dynamic focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise. This two-year programme is part of an expanded provision that aims to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs at senior cycle.

The primary goal of the LCVP is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.


This is done in two ways:

  1.       Portfolio (60%)
  2.       Written exam in May of LC year (40%)

Portfolio Assessment

Students must submit a total of 6 items comprising the 4 core items and any two of the optional items

Section 1 Core Items

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Career Investigation
  • Summary Report
  • Enterprise / Action Plan
Section 2 Optional Items
  • Diary of Work Experience
  • Enterprise Report
  • Recorded Interview /Presentation
  • Report on “My Own Place”     

Terminal Examination Paper - Content

Section A    Audio Visual Presentation
Section B  Case Study (received in advance by students)
 Section C General Questions (four out of six)


Distinction 80% - 100%
Merit 65% -  79%
Pass 50% -  64%

LCVP Recognition

Students can use the LCVP as one of their 6th subjects when calculating points for college

The Universities and Institutes of Technology are awarding the following points:           

Distinction 66 points
Merit 46 points
Pass 28 points