LCVP is a programme which strengthens the vocational dimension of the existing Leaving Certificate. It promotes the development of a range of transferable skills and acts as a connecting link between several Leaving Certificate subjects.
It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and to become more innovative and enterprising. It helps students realise that they need to have a willingness to learn, to be part of a team, and develop skills for the adult working environment. All students who qualify with the correct subject combinations are entered for LCVP.
The revised Link Module Programme consists of two modules –Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education. It aims to provide the students with a general knowledge of the world of work, the skills to find employment and experience work in an adult working environment. It tries to provide a link between vocational subjects and their relevance in the business community. It helps students identify their own personal skills and young entrepreneurs amongst us are encouraged to develop that skill.
The LCVP programme is extremely beneficial to students because of the recognition it gets from Universities and Institutes of Technology for CAO points.
In 2007 81% of students who sat LCVP used it for points to gain access to third level courses. In 2010 82.6% of students who sat LCVP used it to gain entry into a college course and 31% of those who took the subject achieved a distinction which was worth 70 points.
At the end of the day LCVP is an optional extra for Leaving Certificate students but students who are not very strong in six subjects are well advised to continue with LCVP as “an insurance” for points.
Breakdown of Points
C1 Higher Level 70 Points
D2 Higher Level 50 Points
A2 Ordinary Level 50 Points
C1 Ordinary Level 30 Points