LCA - Leaving Cert Applied



The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical programme with a strong practical and vocational emphasis.  It is one of three Leaving Certificate options offered by the Department of Education and Skills. 




On 29 March 2022, the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, TD, announced plans for a reimagined Senior Cycle education for post-primary students – Equity and Excellence for All, where the student is at the centre of their Senior Cycle experience. 


In the context of the LCA programme, it was announced that students' options would be enhanced by providing access to Leaving Certificate Established (LCE) Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages from September 2022. As a result, an addendum has been added to the existing programme statement that modifies and supplements it to enable students following the LCA programme to access LCE Mathematics and/or a Modern Foreign Language.


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Documents providing guidance and information for Leaving Certificate 2021/2022 were recently published by the Department of Education. These documents outline very important information in relation to mediating curriculum and changes to assessment for 2021/2022. The documents offer key information relating to assessment arrangements, final examinations and much more.  Full details can be found at


Further adjustments were announced for the Leaving Certificate 2022 written examinations on the 8th February 2022. Full details can be found at



Four revised specifications have been prepared for Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA). These specifications will replace existing ones.  Implementation of the revised module descriptors will commence from September 2021 (see Circular 0070/2020 ). Details of the revised LCA module descriptors are as follows.




Further information of the revised module descriptors is available at

Curriculum Online.




A full suite of supports provided by PDST will commence in early autumn 2021. These will comprise a range of national seminars, webinars and collaboratives.


Full details of how to register for these events will be communicated to schools.









LCA - Webinars
This video playlist features all of our LCA webinars.


Cultural and Linguistic Supports
PDST cultural & linguistic support
Further linguistic supports materials 


LCA - Key documents and resources
LCA Teacher's Handbook (downloadable version)
LCA Evaluation in schools, SSE and LCA, and Summary of LCA Chief Examiner's report 2014
LCA Chief Examiner's report 2014
SSE Poster
LCA SEC On-line Services Instructions


Teaching and learning resources 
Graphic Organisers and other Literacy, Numeracy and AfL Strategies in Teaching and Learning
NCCA Assessment Toolkit


Overview of LCA
Personal reflection task


LCA Coordinator's duties and planning in LCA (Guidelines)


Other resources
Suggestions for timetabling in LCA
LCA Framework
Instructions for creating an online Community of Practice 




DES Circulars
Circular 12/09
Circular 17/02
Circular 18/02
Circular 19/02



For more information visit







LCA Support Personnel



PDST: Leaving Certificate Applied Administration Base
Clare Education Centre
Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare.


Administrator: Karen O' Loughlin

Phone: (065) 6845504
Fax: (065) 6842930