The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life. The programme puts an emphasis on forms of achievement and excellence, which the established Leaving Certificate has not recognised in the past.
The Leaving Certificate Applied is intended to meet the needs of those students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes or who choose not to opt for such programmes.
The advantage of Leaving Certificate Applied is that it focuses on the talents of each individual student and helps students apply what they learn in the real world. The two-year programme consists of four half-year blocks called Sessions and achievements are credited in each of these Sessions.
Students at Galway Community College are offered LCA after Third Year. LCA students study the following modules:
- English and Communications
- Mathematical Applications
- Vocational Preparation and Guidance
- Graphics and Construction Studies
- Hotel ,Catering and Tourism
- Information Communications and Technology
- Social and Health Education
- Leisure Studies
- Career Guidance
- Practical Achievement
Students complete one day of work experience each week throughout their two year programme.
Students take part in visits to local enterprises and colleges.