Rice College Westport
An Edmund Rice School

Leaving Cycle

Subjects Offered at Leaving Certificate Level

  1. Irish
  2. English
  3. Mathematics
  4. History
  5. Geography
  6. French
  7. Physics
  8. Chemistry
  9. Agricultural Science
  10. Biology
  11. Business
  12. Accounting
  13. Economics
  14. Art
  15. Construction Studies
  16. Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)
  17. LCVP Link Modules
  18. Applied Mathematics
  19. Religious Education
  20. Computer Science
  21. Home Economics

Other Subjects Taken By All Students:

  1. Religious Education
  2. Relationship Sexuality Education (RSE)
  3. Physical Education (PE)
  4. Careers Education

Students normally study three core subjects and four optional subjects for Leaving Certificate.

At Rice College there are four programmes in the Senior Cycle. Students may take a Transition Year or they may go directly into Leaving Certificate Programmes where there are two distinct two year Leaving Certificate options – Traditional Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied. Within the traditional Leaving Certificate is a special programme called the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.


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

Programme Requirements;

LCVP students must take a minimum of five Leaving Certificate subjects at Higher, Ordinary or Foundation level including Irish.

Their subjects must be selected from the list of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings.

They must study the two link modules; Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.

Students are required to follow a recognised course in a Modern European Language (other than Irish & English).

Students will benefit by;

  • Taking responsibility for their own learning;
  • Working as a member of a team
  • Gaining knowledge of the world of work
  • Learning about setting up and running enterprise activities and gaining skills such as analysis, research and ICT skills that will benefit them at third level.


Leaving Certificate Applied is an alternative to the traditional Leaving Certificate. It is a two year programme designed to suit students who find academic work difficult. Students who wish to pursue courses in some third level colleges can do so by completing a further year in a Post-Leaving Certificate course. LCA does not suit students who wish to go directly to University.

Features of Leaving Certificate Applied:

Each module is designed to last half a year and is examined at the end of that time.

Modules are built around projects, tasks and activities.

Preparation for work and work experience.

Most marks are awarded for work done over the two years in school

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