Lusk Community College

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)

What is the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)?

It is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme. This programme is aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.
The programme emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past

It offers students specific opportunities to prepare for and progress to further education and training

The LCA Programme

  • Prepares students for adult and working life
  • Recognises talents of all pupils
  • Promotes communication and decision making skills
  • Applies knowledge and skills to the solution of real problems


What’s different about The Leaving Certificate Applied is that students are examined on their work as they go along. Students must have 90% attendance to pass. The programme is divided into half year blocks called ‘sessions’ of which there are four over the two year programme. Students are assessed on their work in January and May of each yearwhen a session ends.

All Leaving Cert Applied students take the following courses:

  • Vocational Preparation and Guidance
  • English and Communication
  • Mathematical Applications
  • Introduction to ICT
  • Arts Education
  • Social Education
  • Irish/Spanish
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Active Leisure
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • ICT

The 5th year LCA students are currently completing work on their first task in Art which will be examined in February.

The 6th year LCA students are completing work on their ICT, and Social Education tasks which will be examined in February.

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Every Sixth Year, LCA1 and LCA2 must register their level in each subject for the LC Calculated Grades Process.
Updated Information for Parents/Guardians and Leaving Certificate Students
First, Second and Fifth Year Summer Assessment Information
Information for Parents/Guardians and Leaving Certificate Students
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Raheny Lane
Rathmore Road
Co. Dublin

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