Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

What is the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme?

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) is a Leaving Certificate with a strong vocational focus and is distinct from the established Leaving Certificate.

The LVCP focusses on developing students' practical skills for the world of work alongside their academic subjects.

LCVP students must take:

  • 5 established Leaving Certificate subjects including Irish
  • 2 link modules on enterprise education and preparation for work

If you are exempt from Irish, you must choose another subject to ensure you have 5 established Leaving Certificate subjects.

The Department of Education has published the assessment arrangements for Leaving Certificate 2024.

You can read information about Leaving Certificate.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme subjects and assessments

The link modules

Students must take 2 link modules:

  • Preparation for the world of work
  • Enterprise education

The link modules are activity-based and are taken over the 2 years of the programme.

The 2 modules usually take a total of 2 to 3 class periods per week, compared with a Leaving Certificate subject, which generally takes 4 to 5 class periods in a week.

The link modules help students to apply the knowledge and skills they gain through their chosen subjects with the world outside the school.

You can read more about the programme modules and requirements

Assessment and examinations

The Leaving Certificate subjects are examined through the standard Leaving Certificate examination.

The link modules are assessed by:

  • A written examination representing 40% of total marks
  • A portfolio of coursework representing 60% of total marks


Students receive the same certificate as other Leaving Certificate students, but their Leaving Certificate includes an additional statement of the results of the link modules (pass, merit or distinction).

Access to further study

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) gives students the same opportunity to proceed to universities and colleges as the students taking the established Leaving Certificate.

A new grading scheme for the Leaving Certificate was introduced in 2017. The new scheme means that the Common Points Scale used by the CAO to determine entry into higher education institutions, has also been revised.

Since 2017, institutes of technology and the universities recognise the link modules as follows:

Distinction: 66 points

Merit: 46 points

Pass: 28 points

You can read more on transition.ie.

Exam fees

How to apply

If you are a post-primary school student, your details will be sent to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) by your school. If you are an external (non-school) candidate for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, you can apply online by completing the application form available on the SEC website.

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission


Tel: (090) 644 2700
Fax: (090) 644 2744
Page edited: 11 October 2023