Our Transition Year Programme offers a wide variety of topics and subjects. Students who have completed Transition Year are, we believe, better informed when it comes to choosing subjects in Fifth Year and making career choices in Sixth Year.

The following subjects are studied throughout the year:

Religion, English, Irish, Mathematics, IT (European Computer Driving Lincence [ECDL] is offered), P.E., Health Education, Music and One European Language from the following group: French, Spanish and Italian

Transition Year students are given the opportunity to study all subjects on the Senior Cycle Curriculum on a modular basis. Hence 10- or/and 15-week modules are provided in:

Geography, History, Accounting, Business, Mini Company, Art, Home Economics, Film Studies/Media, Public Speaking/Debating, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Careers

 Community Care and Work Experience are also an important aspects of the Transition Year Programme.

This list is not exhaustive and can vary from year to year.

Transition Year students become more involved with their immediate community through work experience, voluntary work and community work.  Students can also follow and develop special interests for example sporting, leisure or academic.

There is also space and opportunity to concentrate on some aspects of learning which do not always feature on either the Junior or Leaving Certificate Courses.  Qualities which might not otherwise flourish are often developed.

The flexibility offered by the programme means it can be an ideal opportunity for students to respond to challenges such as Gaisce – the President’s Award, First Aid, Self Defence, Peer Mentoring and the TY Musical.

Why Transition Year?

Transition Year allows students to:

  • Bridge the gap between Junior and Senior Cycle
  • Lay a solid Foundation for Leaving Certificate Programme
  • Enjoy a year free from pressures of State Examinations
  • Avail of opportunities to catch up and experience new subjects
  • Develop new social, organisational, research and computer skills,
  • Benefit from work Experience
  • Increase their self-confidence and maturity


During Transition year students can:

  • Develop qualities such as: respect, co-operation and courtesy
  • Acquire a deeper knowledge of themselves thus helping them establish realistic, educational and life ambitions
  • Be introduced to all subjects on the Senior Cycle Curriculum
  • Take the opportunity to investigate a variety of careers, through work experience
  • Develop the independent research and study skills necessary for Senior Cycle and Third Level
  • Take the initiative and develop self-confidence through group activities and teamwork