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What is LCVP?

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is a senior cycle Programme of the Department of Education & Science. 

Candidates taking the LCVP have an opportunity to develop interpersonal, vocational & 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. 

Programme Requirements for students: 

  • At least five Leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be Irish plus the Link Modules 
  • Two of the above subjects must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings
  • Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education ( in addition to Five subjects) 
  • A recognised course in a Modern European Language other than Irish or English 

Vocational Subject Groupings (VSGs) 2019/2020 

Specialist Groupings 

1) Construction Studies; Engineering; Design and Communication Graphics; Technology – Any Two 

2) Physics and Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or Design & Communication Graphics 

3) Agricultural Science and Construction Studies or Engineering or Technology or Design & Communication Graphics 

4) Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry 

5) Home Economics; Agricultural Science; Biology – Any Two 

6) Home Economics and Art – Design Option or Craft Option 

7) Accounting; Business; Economics – Any two 

8) Physics and Chemistry 

9) Biology and Chemistry or Physics or Physics/Chemistry 

10) Biology and Agricultural Science 

11) Art – Design Option or Craft Option and Design & Communication Graphics 

Services Groupings 

12) Engineering or Technology or Construction Studies or Design & Communication Graphics and Accounting or Business or Economics 

13) Home Economics and Accounting or Business or Economics 

14) Agricultural Science and Accounting or Business or Economics 

15) Art Design or Craftwork Option and Accounting or Business or Economics 

16) Music and Accounting or Business or Economics 

Link Module I-Preparation for the World of Work 

Students will research & investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques; gain valuable practical experience of the world of work; interview & work shadow a person in a career area that interests them. 

Link Module II-Enterprise Education 

Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; meet and interview enterprising people on site & in the classroom; plan & undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity, initiative and develop teamwork, communication & computer skills. 

Link Modules – Portfolio of Coursework Core Items 

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

Optional Items (any two) 

  • Diary of Work Experience 
  • Enterprise Report 
  • Recorded Interview/Presentation 
  • Report on My Own Place 


Students taking the LCVP will have an opportunity to develop and apply their IT skills. Students get to use audio-visual equipment & computer presentation packages for recording & presentation purposes. During the course of the programme, students will develop skills to: 

  • Enter, edit, store, retrieve and print information 
  • Word process CVs, letters, reports and create illustrated documents 
  • Send and receive email messages 
  • Access and use relevant information from CD Roms and the Internet 

Assessment of the Link Modules: 

LCVP students follow the same subject syllabi and are assessed in the same way as their peers in the Leaving Certificate. 

For the Link Modules they are assessed by Written Examination (40%) and by Portfolio of Coursework (60%). 

The Portfolio of coursework must be submitted on the first Wednesday in March. The written examination takes place the first Wednesday in May of the Leaving Certificate Year. The examination is of two and a half hours duration and consists of three sections which are outlined below. 

Structure of the Written Examination is as follows: 

  • Section A Audio Visual Presentation 
  • Section B Case Study (received in advance by students) 
  • Section C General Questions (4 out of 6) 

The Portfolio of Coursework accounts for 60% of total marks. Students assemble the portfolio over the two years of the programme & it is assessed at the end of the final year of the Leaving Certificate. The Portfolio & Written Examination is externally assessed by the Department of Education & Skills.