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  • First Year programme

    Subjects are as follows :

  • Junior Cycle

    Here is a full list of subjects available to Junior Cycle students. English, Irish, Mathematics, History, Geography, CSPE and Religion are compulsary. Students choose another 5 subjects from the remaining list:

  • Senior Cycle

    Leaving Certificate;
    Students are facilitated in as far as is practicable in their choice of eight examinable subjects from the following:

  • Transition Year

    Transition Year is a one year programme taken after the Junior Certificate and before the Leaving Certificate Programme.  

    Transition Year places a heavy emphasis on learning from experience. The emphasis is on developing skills rather than on simply remembering facts. Such skills stand to people for life.

    Admissions to Transition Year in St. Brigid's

    The maximum number of available places will be dependent upon staffing, facilities and resources and will be determined annually by the Board of Management. 

    Priority will be given to applicants to students registered in the school. Places in TY will not be offered to students transferring from other schools until the end of the academic year. Therefore, students transferring from other schools are advised to apply for a place in 5th year also, in case there is insufficient places available. All applicants transferring from other schools will be offered places in order of the date and time the application is received.

    For acceptance on to the Transition Year Programme, the school must be of the opinion that a student is capable of benefiting from participation in Transition Year and, equally, that her participation will not prevent any other student(s) from benefiting from participation. Any decision in this regard will be taken by the Transition Year Admissions Committee, following consultation with the student’s teachers, the student and the parents of the student concerned.

    If, after the Transition Year Admissions Committee have made a determination on the suitability of applicants for the programme, a situation of oversubscription exists, places will be offered to youngest students as per birth certificates submitted to the school as part of the school’s registration process. Should one of the successful applicants subsequently decline the place offered to her the place will be offered to the next youngest applicant and so on.  

    For further details a copy of the Transition Year Admissions Policy is available by contacting the school office. 

    Purpose and Content of the TY Programme
    The purpose of the Transition Year Programme is to promote maturity. Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills. Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills. Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility. Social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school.

    What about exams?

    Assessment is a key part of any worthwhile learning programme. Transition Year is an opportunity to move beyond the narrow focus of end-of-year, written exams. The emphasis is on varied and on-going assessment with students themselves becoming involved in diagnosing their own learning strengths and weaknesses. Project work, portfolio work and exhibitions of students’ work are also encouraged.

    Facts about TY

    500 of the 700 plus second level schools in the State offer the TY Programme. Some 26,000 students, or about 50% opted to take the programme in 2002/2003 TY is compulsory in many schools, particularly in the Dublin area.

    ESRI Report (Source:Irish Times Aug 26, 2003)

    •  Students who do TY secure much better grades in the Leaving Cert exam than those who do not.
    • Students who do TY secure up to 8% more in the Leaving Cert across a range of subjects than those who did not do TY. The trend is particularly marked in English and maths.
    • The central recommendation of the report is that TY should be made available in every school in the State.

    In St Brigid's the following subjects are offered in Transition Year;

    • English
    • Music
    • Maths
    • Information Technology
    • Irish
    • Spanish
    • Business Studies
    • French
    • Home Economics
    • Chemistry
    • Religion
    • Physics
    • History
    • Geography
    • Career Guidance
    • Art
    • Design, Communications, Graphics
    • Sign Language
    • Social Personal and Health Education
    • Personal Education

    Transition Year offers students a broader variety of topics, subjects and life skills. Here is a taste of the current modules offered to Transition Year students:

    • Gaisce Bronze Award
    • First Aid
    • Law Programme
    • European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
    • Public Speaking
    • Young Entrepreneur Programme
    • Outdoor Activity Programme
    • Sign Language
    • School Newsletter
    • Organic Gardening
    • Photography
    • Etiquette Training
    • Log On, Learn Programme
    • Friends of the Elderly Programme
    • Driver Education
    • Personal Development
    • Civic Link – Co-Operation Ireland
    • Beauty Therapy
    • Japanese
    • Guest Speakers – Garda, Health Nurse, Senator Mark Daly.

    Transition Year students from St. Brigid's Secondary School, Killarney who received certification from Benjamin Ryan Medical Training
    Instructor as part of their TY First Aid Programme.  The students successfully completed the Irish Heart Foundation Heartsaver AED Course
    with Basic First Aid.

  • LCA

    LCA is a two year programme in which students are prepared for the world of work and also for most Post Leaving Certificate Courses.
    It is a distinct, self-contained two-year leaving certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.
    It emphasises forms of achievement and excellence which the established leaving certificate has not recognised in the past.

    Admissions to LCA in St.Brigid's

    The maximum number of available places in LCA will be dependent upon staffing, facilities and resources and will be determined annually by the Board of Management. 

    Priority will be given to students registered in the school. Places in LCA1 will not be offered to students transferring from other schools until the end of the academic year. Therefore, students transferring from other schools are advised to apply for a place in 5th year also, in case there is insufficient places available. All applicants transferring from other schools will be offered places in order of the date and time the application is received.

    For acceptance on to the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, the school must be of the opinion that a student is capable of benefiting from participation in LCA and, equally, that her participation will not prevent any other student(s) from benefiting from participation. Any decision in this regard will be taken by the LCA Admissions Committee, following consultation with the student’s teachers, the student and the parents of the student concerned. 

    If, after the LCA Admissions Committee have made a determination on the suitability of applicants for the programme, a situation of oversubscription exists places will be offered to the eldest applicants as per birth certificates submitted to the school as part of the school’s registration process. Should one of the successful applicants subsequently decline the place offered to her the place will be offered to the next eldest applicant and so on. 

    For further details, a copy of the Leaving Certificate Applied Admissions Policy is available by contacting the school office. 


    This programme covers three main areas:

    General Education
    Subjects studied in this area include a Modern European Language, Music, Social Education, Leisure and Recreation, and Irish

    Vocational Education
    This section of the LCA helps the development of skills in Information Technology, Hotel, Catering and Tourism, Haircare and Mathematics. LCA Assessment
    Students are assessed on a continuous basis as well as final examinations at the end of year two. Credit is given for Modules completed, projects, aural, oral, practical and written examinations.

    Work Experience:
    Every Friday LCA students complete four different work placements over two years. This prepares them for the world of work and helps them to decide on their future careers.

    The following are the subjects

    • Religious Education
    • Leisure and Recreation
    • Hotel, Catering and Tourism
    • Communicative Spanish
    • English and Communication
    • Information Technology
    • Irish
    • Career Guidance
    • Mathematical Applications
    • Social Education
    • Vocational Preparation and Guidance
    • Two Arts Education Modules

    In LCA 2 students complete the following examinations set by the State Examinations Commission during the June exam period:

    • Mathematical Applications
    • Hair and Beauty
    • English and Communications
    • Social Education
    • Irish
    • Spanish
    • Hotel, Catering and Tourism

    Upon completion of these state exams students are graded under the following categories:

    • Distinction
    • Merit
    • Pass

    This final result is based on Continuous Assessment since LCA 1 and their final exams.

  • LCVP

    The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is designed to foster in young people a spirit of enterprise, adaptability and initiative, developing their communicative, interpersonal, vocational and technological skills.

    Throughout the programme students are encouraged to:

    • Be innovative and enterprising
    • Take responsibility for their own learning
    • Adapt to changing circumstances
    • 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.
    Link Module I – Preparation for the World of Work
    Students will research and 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 and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them Work Experience: For one week during fifth year LCVP students complete a work placement in an area of their choice. This helps to prepare them for the world of work and helps them to decide on their future careers.

    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 and in the classroom; plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity, initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.

    Typical LCVP Students
    Typically, LCVP students take seven Leaving Certificate Subjects plus the Link Modules

    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

    Certification
    LCVP students receive the same certificate as other Leaving Certificate students but their Certificate includes an additional statement of the results of the Link Modules.

    Grades for the Link Modules are as follows:

    Grade

    Per cent

    Distinction
    Merit
    Pass

    80% – 100%
    65% – 79%
    50% – 64%

    The Link Modules are recognised for points purposes by the Institutes of Technology and the Universities. The points are allocated as follows:

    Grade

    Universities and Institutes of Technology Award

    Distinction
    Merit
    Pass

    70 points
    50 points
    30 points


  • Study Tips
    • Condense: when you’ve learned something off-by-heart, try to condense your notes again leaving only the topics that are harder to learn.
    • Exam questions: practice doing exam questions within the time you would be expected to do them in the exam.
    • Record: e.g. put important quotes and points on tape – listening to your own voice can help you memorise them.
    • Relax: it is very important to take time to relax and unwind between study sessions and on the night before exams.
    • Talk: reading your notes out loud can help you recall them.
    • Test: when you’ve studied a topic try and see what you can remember when you don’t have your notes to look at.