The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme was introduced into Castleblayney College in 1999 and has been an integral part of our Senior Cycle Curriculum since then.

General Information on the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is an enhanced Leaving Certificate. Students follow the same subject syllabuses and are assessed in the same way as their peers in the Leaving Certificate, but also study two Link Modules – ‘The World of Work’ and ‘Enterprise Education’. Thus, the LCVP combines the academic strengths of the traditional Leaving Certificate, with a new and dynamic focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise.

The Link Modules are activity-based units of study, designed to help students make connections between: 1. school & community, 2. study & future career, 3. enterprise & the business of making a living.

For the Link Modules students are assessed externally by a Written Examination (40%) and by a Portfolio of Coursework (60%). The Link Modules are recognised in points terms by Institutes of Technology and by Universities. From 2017 the new points system for LCVP is as follows:
Pass with Distinction (66 Points - equivalent to H4), Merit (46 Points - equivalent to H6 or O2) and Pass (28 Points - equivalent to O4).

For further information on the LCVP in general see www.ncca.ie, www.pdst.ie, www.slss.ie, www.education.ie

LCVP Activities in Castleblayney College
Students who opt for the LCVP and fulfill the subject requirements are eligible for the LCVP in Castleblayney College. Students are timetabled for two class periods in a classroom and two class periods in the computer room, to faciliate groupwork and portfolio preparation. Students also have one period a week in French, as their European language requirement.

Students compile their portfolio from the range of activities that they get involved in over the two years. These include outside speakers and projects in which students engage. They write up summary reports, enterprise plans, career investigations, a report on their local area and/or a work experience diary. They also complete a recorded interview for their assessment.

Projects that students have got involved in over the years include:
• Attending Entrepreneur events organised by Monaghan County Council (e.g. ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ Event with local entrepreneurs Martin McVicar of Combilift, Rita Shah of Shabra, Paul Shortt of Castlecool and Ronnie Wilson of Monaghan Mushrooms
• Business Twinning Project with Kingspan – organised through ‘Business in the community’
• Designing a playground for Lough Muckno, Castleblayney in conjunction with Monaghan County Council and Groundwork Northern Ireland
• Fundraising for Sight Savers, Bothar and other organisations
• ‘One Community Different Cultures’ Project (Visits to Belfast, Dublin and Derry, participation in intercultural events locally) as part of a Peace III programme organised through the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.
• Participation in Castleblayney May Day Parade (stilt-walking, costume characters)
• Painting Murals in our local town and helping with gardening for the Tidy Towns group

We are always interested in forging links within our community, and are grateful to the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre, Monaghan County Council and our local businesses for their support of our programme.

We appreciate their time and interest in encouraging our students to achieve their very best.


Sixth Year LCVP Students on a visit to Kingspan in Castleblayney as part of their ‘Skills @Work Programme’.

Thanks to Sue-Ellen McMahon of Kingspan and Kate Horton from Business in the Community Ireland who facilitate this very beneficial Schools’ Business Partnership Project every year.





  LCVP Student with Richard Burnley, M.D. of Kingspan and
Jacqui Hanratty, Kingspan at the presentation and completion of the Kingspan Project for 2015.
 LCVP Students making a presentation as part of their Kingspan Project

Students were given three very informative talks from employees in the company about their own career paths, and students learned a lot about the need to take every educational opportunity to further their own career and to work hard. Following a talk on safety, students were given a full tour of Kingspan. Students were interested in the range of careers in Kingspan and the way their subjects in school related to this business, particularly the ‘STEM’ subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). They were also interested to see how the Kingspan Group has manufacturing, distribution and commercial operations throughout Europe, North America, Australasia and other locations across the globe.

Follow the link below to view the 'Business in the Community' e-magazine about Castleblayney College twinned with Kingspan.