The Transition Year Programme promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.
Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education
It is a unique one-year programme for students who have completed the Junior Certificate. It provides a bridge to enable them to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning environment associated with the Senior Cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for the students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate programme, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
The Transition Year programme can also develop key skills for the 21st century, such as the three Ts – thinking, teamwork and technology.
All students engage in a Work Experience Programme which includes three work placements in addition to preparation and reflection tutorials to assist students in engaging meaningfully with their work placement. The work placements are of one week duration in November, February and April. Where tailored work experience programmes are offered outside of our scheduled weeks [e.g. RTE, An Garda Siochana, St. Vincents Hospital, etc.] we are happy to accommodate students provided the TY Coordinator is notified in advance.
Useful Work Experience Documents
These subjects may change from year to year according to availability of teaching resources.
Work experience with its attendant preparation for work and analysis of the work experience is an integral part of the course.
Freed from the pressure of examinations students are provided with an opportunity to grow and mature and to develop skills and insights, which will enable them to deal more effectively with the Leaving Certificate Programme.