Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is an intervention designed to enhance the vocational dimension of the Leaving Certificate (established). 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.

Throughout the programme students are encouraged to:

    • Be innovative and enterprising
    • Take responsibility for their own learning
    • Evaluate data and devise solutions to problems
    • Communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively
    • Work with others as part of a team
    • Investigate and plan career options
    • Use information and communications technologies
    • Investigate local businesses and community enterprises
    • Learn from their experiences

These skills and qualities are equally relevant to the needs of those preparing for further education, seeking employment or planning to start their own business.

Students doing the LCVP will participate in the Skills at Work Programme. The Skills at work programme is provided by local businesses and our link is with University of Ulster at Magee.

Features of this link are a series of workshops, delivered by members of staff from the Uni. Of Ulster, covering topics such as:

    • CV Preparation
    • Career Investigations
    • Workplace Routines
    • Interview Techniques

The programme also involves site visits to local businesses and the students can use many of these workshops and site visits as topics for their LCVP portfolio.

University of Ulster and all Universities and Institutes of Technology in the Republic of Ireland recognise the LCVP.