In regard to curriculum and teaching, candidates accumulate credits by 3 different routes (satisfactory completion of modules; student tasks; and final examinations) over 2 years, and are then certified on the basis of the total number of credits accumulated.
The programme of learning is modular, students complete 44 modules (including 4 elective modules) in a range of courses across 3 broad curricular areas: vocational preparation, vocational education, and general education.
They also complete 7 substantive student tasks’, which are practical and/or reflective activities through which they integrate and apply their learning experiences.
The LCA differs significantly from the other Leaving Certificate programmes in terms of structure, design, content, teaching methodologies and assessment. The pedagogical basis of the LCA places emphasis on active teaching and learning experiences and innovation.