St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina
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Leaving Cert Applied

Leaving Cert Applied

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme sets out to recognise the talents of all students and to provide opportunities for developing personal responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge, and helps students apply what they learn to the real world. The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called sessions. Achievement is credited in each session. Courses are offered in three main areas:

Vocational Preparation

This section focuses on preparation for Work, Work experience, Enterprise English and Communications

General Education

This section concentrates on a student’s life skills, including Languages, Leisure, Art and Social Education.

Vocational Education

This section is concerned with the development of Mathematical applications, Information Technology and the skills necessary for specialist areas. Each course is made up of a number of modules. Each module takes half a year to complete. There is also a wide range of practical courses, called vocational specialisms, from which the student can choose. Assessment takes place on the completion of modules, and there is also a final examination in each of the following areas:

  • English and Communication
  • Two vocational specialisms
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Language
  • Social Education

Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a Leaving Certificate from the Department of Education and Science.

The certificate is awarded at three levels:

  • Pass 120-139 credits
  • Merit 140-169 credits
  • Distinction 170-200 credits

Candidates who get less than 120 credits or who do not complete the course, are awarded a Record of Experience.

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10-May-2019
NOTICE: re changes to school timetable from September 2019
09-May-2019
Some of our Fifth year and LCA students participated in a gathering of 3000 young people in Knock today to mark the 6th anniversary of the death of Donal Walsh.
09-May-2019
Congratulations to Lauren Tuffy and Leah Hannon who have won the overall prize at Sci Fest in Sligo for their project 'To Develop a Better Adaptation Solution to Sea Level Rise'.
02-May-2019
Well done to our 7 young Economists, 5th year students Mary Gilvarry, Marie Flynn, Ciara Murray, Louise Foody, Emilia Matysik, Grainne McBrearty, and Maura Byrne, who submitted 3 projects at the The Young Economist of the Year com
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Convent Hill
Ballina
Co. Mayo
Ireland
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