Lcvp Case Study 2013 Notes

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme combines academic study with a focus on enterprise, work and the community. Students who opt for LCVP must study a continental language and certain other combinations of subjects.

Students complete two Link Modules:

  1. Preparation for the world of work
  2. Enterprise Education

In every other way the LCVP is similiar to the established Leaving Certificate. Most students study seven Leaving Certificate subjects plus the Link Modules.

Main Aims of the Programme:

The provision, through active learning methodologies, activities which develop skills and qualities that prepare students for adult life.

The education of students in the broadest sense, encompassing the academic and the vocational, facilitating experiences whereby they gain an understanding of and appreciation for the world of work and enterprise.

The encouragement of a social and moral awareness that enables students to become respected and valued members of their own communities, allowing them to gain insight into the benefit and merit of their locality, its people and businesses.

Activities Facilitated:

  • My Own Place Investigation
  • Work Placement
  • Career Investigation
  • Visit to an Enterprise
  • Visit by a local Voluntary/ Community Organisation
  • Enterprise Activity – Mini Company/ Fundraiser
  • Mock Interview
  • Learning a New Skill

Each activity covers numerous of the specific learning outcomes desirable in the Links Modules curriculum.

General Overview of Activity:

Each activity is broken up into 3 parts.

  1. Plan the activity – students prepare a plan outlining what they hope to get from the experience and how they intend to carry out the activity successfully.
  2. Experience the activity – students participate actively in the activity playing a major role in its implementation.
  3. Evaluate the activity – students reflect on the activity and make conclusions and recommendations.


5th and 6th Year students are allocated 3 Link Modules periods per week.

This is to include where possible a double class to allow greater leeway for project work, visits out and speakers to the school.
Two of the classes are spent in the computer room so that research, typing of reports, preparation of posters/ questionnaires can take place. Extra computer time is made available to complete portfolio of course work.

One class takes place in the classroom to facilitate the introduction of new concepts and to allow for class discussion. Extra class time is made available leading up to the final written assessment.

The Link Modules do not clash with standard Leaving Certificate subjects so as to allow students the same choices as those taking the standard curriculum.


Students are prepared for the terminal written exam throughout the 2 years of the course. Reference is made and notes are taken on each of the specific learning outcomes that make up the Link Modules Syllabi.

Each learning outcome is discussed during at least one of the core activities and most often span a number of activities.
For example a written question on Health and Safety is well prepared having been explored via:

  • Work Placement
  • Visit to an Enterprise
  • The Enterprise Activity

In addition students are prepared for the written exam through case studies, in video and written form. The case studies, while topics on the exam in their own right, also help revise the learning outcomes for the students and focus them on analysing situations and finding solutions to problems.

Portfolio of Coursework:

Students are required to submit a portfolio of coursework that includes the following items:

Core Items

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Summary Report
  • Action Plan
  • Career Investigation

Optional Items (select 2 of 4)

  • Diary of Work Experience
  • Enterprise Report
  • Recorded Interview
  • My Own Place Investigation

Students keep the items in a folder of coursework or in a hardback copy. This is regularly inspected/ corrected by the Links Modules teacher and recommendations are made. A number of drafts are submitted before finally producing a word-processed document using the computer.

Each student has his/ her own file space on the school server where work is saved and they are also encouraged to use their own home computers to improve upon their portfolios.


The school has a computer room available to students to assist them with their Link Modules coursework. As part of the course students develop ICT skills, with assistance from the teacher using the following methods:

  • A broadband Internet connection so that students can perform research and make contact through e-mail.
    Word Processing packages so that students can design posters and questionnaires for upcoming events and prepare finished reports on activities for their portfolio of coursework.
  • Spreadsheet packages so that students can prepare accounts for an enterprising or fundraising activity.
    Each student has their own folder on the main computer server and is responsible for its file management. Final portfolio documents are saved in as well as articles on research that wish to be kept for future reference.
  • Students have access to the Qualifax software package that allow them to investigate thoroughly a career of their choice identifying skills and qualities needed, pathways into the career and allowing aptitude tests to assist in selection.

Cross Curricular Links:

Links are established through the identification of common themes across a range of Leaving Certificate subjects and the Link Modules.
During activities reference is made my Links Modules teachers to commonalities between the learning outcomes of the LCVP and aspects of the syllabi in various other subjects.

Students are asked in evaluations of activities to highlight learning that will assist them in their other subjects or to identify where leaving certificate subjects have aided in the running of an activity, paying particular attention to their vocational groupings.

Business Links:

Business and Community Links have been and continue to be established by the school, to supplement Link Modules teaching so that students can:

  • Gain knowledge from enterprising people in the locality and acquire information about the world of work in general.
    Become more aware of the work being done in the area by community organisations.
  • Acquire skills in communication.
  • Become more informed of career opportunities and determine skills and qualities necessary for these jobs.
    These links also enhance the school image and provide real contexts for the Link Modules learning that would be more difficult to establish otherwise.

Links have been established with:

  • Local business so that students can partake in a visit to a local enterprise.
  • Local voluntary organisations so that students can invite speakers to the school to talk about community work.
  • Local entrepreneurs so that workshops on skills development can take place (eg speaker to give techniques and tips on Interview preparation).


What is LCVP?

There are over 520 schools offering LCVP (Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme) at present. The LCVP programme was first introduced in 1994 and updated in 2004. Students taking the LCVP have a unique opportunity to develop their interpersonal, vocational and technological skills. These skills are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.

Students can take the regular Leaving Certificate Examination and take LCVP as an extra subject. When students receive their Leaving Certificate results, the LCVP grade is included at the end of their subject list.

What is needed to qualify for LCVP?

To qualify for LCVP, students must take the following:

  • Two subjects in her/his Leaving Certificate from any one of the combinations below (See list of Vocational Subject Groupings.
  • A continental language or a language module – unless exempt
  • Irish – unless exempt
  • A minimum of five Leaving Certificate subjects
  • Cover the LCVP course – (Consists of two link modules called Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education)


Vocational Subject Groupings (as specified by Dept of Education & Science):

  1. Accounting, Business, Economics (any two)
  2. Art and Accounting or Business or Economics
  3. Biology and Chemistry or Physics
  4. Biology, Home Economics, Agricultural Science  (any two)
  5. Construction Studies or Design & Communication Graphics and Accounting or Business or Economics
  6. Construction Studies or Design & Communication Graphics and Physics
  7. Construction Studies and Design & Communication Graphics
  8. Home Economics and Accounting or Business or Economics
  9. Home Economics and Art
  10. Music and Accounting or Business or Economics
  11. Physics and Chemistry.
  12. Art and Design & Communication Graphics
  13. Agricultural Science and Construction Studies or DCG
  14. Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics
  15. Agricultural Science and Accounting or Business or Economics

NOTE: Under Dept of Education & Science Circular Letter 0019/2007, the LCVP requirements must be met in a single school / centre for a student to be deemed an eligible LCVP student.




Distinction (80 – 100%)

70 points (equivalent to grade C1 in Higher Level)

Note: grade A1 in Ordinary Level = 60 points.

Merit (65 – 79%)

50 points (equivalent to grade D2 in Higher Level / grade A2 in Ordinary Level).

Pass (50 – 64%)

30 points (equivalent to grade C1 in Ordinary Level).

                                                  LCVP Course Content

60% of LCVP course is made up of portfolio work, which is completed mainly in 5th year.  The remaining 40% is examined in a written exam held in May of 6th year, so all of the LCVP work is completed in advance of the June exam.

In 5th year, there are three timetabled classes for LCVP, at least one of which is held in the computer room.

In 6th year, there are two timetabled classes for LCVP

Typical LCVP activities include:

  • Presentations from guest speakers from the world of work
  • Visit to places of work locally
  • Team Enterprises
  • Work Experience
  • Using Computer Technology
  • Interview Preparation and Technique
  • Learning how to write up reports and plans
  • Preparing Curriculum Vitae
  • Investigating Careers

Portfolio – 60% of exam

  1. Core items (do all four)
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Summary Report (on a visit in/out)
    3. Action Plan – i.e. on learning a new skill or organising an activity
    4. Career Investigation

Note: Each of these items are 2 pages in length for portfolio purposes.

  1. Optional items (do 2 out of 4)
    1. Recorded Interview – 5 minute interview on DVD
    2. Enterprise Report – e.g. on organising and running a fashion show
    3. Report on ‘My own place’ – i.e. a brief summary of what facilities are available in their local area
    4. Diary of Work Experience – 3/5 days of a work experience placement

Note: Each of these items are 4/6 pages in length for portfolio purposes.

All students usually choose to do the Diary of Work Experience (Work experience placements take place during school holidays) As their second option, students take the Recorded Interview option (Student is interviewed for 5 minutes and the interview is recorded on DVD for exam purposes)

Written Paper – 40% of exam – takes place in May in 6th year

Section A – Audio Visual Questions:

Students watch a video featuring a business or community enterprise and answer questions on it.

Section B – Case Study:

Students read a short outline of a business or community enterprise and answer questions on it

Section C:

Students answer 4 out of 6 general questions.  Topics here include questions on careers, reports, plans, interview questions, work experience and items that have been written up in their portfolios.


Advantages of taking LCVP

  • For CAO purposes, the points achieved in six subjects can be used.  If a student wishes, they can use the points achieved in LCVP as one of these six subjects.  If a student performs poorly on one of their regular Leaving Certificate subjects on the day of the exam, they can swap this disappointing result for the result achieved in the LCVP exam.
  • As mentioned earlier, 60% of LCVP course is made up of portfolio work, which is completed mainly in 5th year.  The remaining 40% is examined in a written exam held in May of 6th year, so all of the LCVP work is completed in advance of the June exam.
  • Apart from its value in contributing to the overall points achieved by a student, the LCVP course develops skills involving IT, report writing, case studies, interview techniques and teamwork, all of which are very useful for third level and in employment.  The LCVP qualification provides an opportunity for students to be become better informed regarding career choices.

Overall, LCVP provides a valuable educational experience – do it, if you qualify for it.

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