St. Brendan's Community School

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

How do you qualify for LCVP?

  • At least five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Irish, plus the Link Modules
  • Two of the above subjects must be selected from the Vocational Subject Groupings
  • Two Link Modules:
    • Preparation for the World of Work
    • Enterprise Education
  • A recognized course in a Modern European Language other than Irish or English:

What is a recognized Modern European language course for LCVP students?

The school has the discretion in this case – there are various options open to students.

They can take a language at Junior Certificate level or they can follow one of the FETAC language modules or the language teacher can devise a school programme in the language.

Students must take the language class for a minimum of one class period per week or equivalent over the two years of the programme within school time. It is not assessed externally and the school can decide how to assess the course for modern languages. 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.

Vocational Subject Groupings – (VSGs)

Two subjects are selected from one of the Vocational Subject Groupings. 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. The Services Groupings comprise subjects which complement one another in a commercial context.

Specialist Groupings

  1. Construction Studies; Engineering; Design and Communication Graphics; Technology - Any Two
  2. Physics andConstruction Studies or Engineering or Technology or Design & Communication Graphics
  3. Agricultural Scienceand Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or Design & Communication Graphics
  4. Agricultural Science andChemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry
  5. Home Economics; Agricultural Science; Biology - Any Two
  6. Home Economics andArt - Design Option or Craft Option
  7. Accounting; Business; Economics - Any two
  8. Physics andChemistry
  9. Biology and Chemistry orPhysics or Physics/Chemistry
  10. Biology and Agricultural Science
  11. Art - Design Option or Craft Option and Design & Communication Graphics

Services Groupings

  1. Engineering orTechnology or Construction Studies or Design & Communication Graphics and Accounting or Business or Economics
  2. Home Economics and Accounting or Business orEconomics
  3. Agricultural Science and Accounting or Business orEconomics
  4. Art Design or Craftwork Option and Accounting or Business orEconomics
  5. Music and Accounting or Business orEconomics

How is LCVP examined?

Portfolio of Coursework – 60% Terminal Examination – 40% (May)

The Portfolio of Coursework must be submitted on the first Wednesday in March. The written examination takes place the first Wednesday in May of the Leaving Certificate Year. The examination is of two and a half hours. 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)

The Portfolio of Coursework accounts for 60% of total marks. Students assemble the portfolio over the two years of the programme and it is assessed at the end of the final year of the Leaving Certificate. The Portfolio and Written Examination are externally assessed by the Department of Education & Skills.



Curriculum Vitae
Career Investigation
Enterprise/Action Plan
Summary Report


Diary of Work Experience
Enterprise Report
Recorded Interview/Presentation
Report on My Own Place



Universities & Institutes of Technology Award - Revised points 2017 onwards


66 points
46 points
28 points

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 recognized for points purposes by the Institutes of Technology and the Universities. The points are allocated as follows:

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