The Transition Year Programme is a broadly based programme which includes traditional academic subjects, careers education, work experience and personal and social development. It is an optional year that offers a break between the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate programmes. The programme offers two work experience placements, one week placement in the first term and a different 2 week placement in the second term. Work experience assists students in making realistic decisions about their future college or career choice. Participation in a foreign exchange to France or Germany is particularly encouraged in Transition Year.
In Transition Year students study the following subjects:
(1) Core Subjects (full year courses): English, Irish, Mathematics, French or German Computers (ECDL), Career/College Education, Personal Development, Music, Drama, YSI (Young Social Innovators), Religion, Pastoral Care.
(2) Modules: Art, Food Studies, Science, Physical Education, Mini Company, Media Studies, History, Visitation, Watersafety & Gym, Photography, Enterprise, Chinese, Craft, Sport Science, Technical Graphics, Song Writing & Production.
(3) Other Certified Courses: PAL (Public Access to Law), First Aid.
The core subjects are studied throughout the year. The modules are taught for half the year, approximately fifteen weeks. Classes then rotate so that students eventually study all the modules. The list of subjects studied may vary slightly from year to year.
TY students also participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities including the following:
- 4 day trip to Kerry Gaelthacht.
- Visits to Butlers Chocolate Factory.
- National Museum/ National Library/National Gallery.
- French Drome Workshop.
- Film Production Day.
- Dance Day.
- Car Safety.
- Hillwalk in Cooley Peninsula.
- Gaisce Weekend in Glendalough Co. Wicklow.
- Mock Trial Competitions.
TY Students also visit art exhibitions, theatre shows and history exhibitions that are are on locally or in Dublin.
Technical Graphics is offered as a module to all Transition Year Students. Students get the opportunity to learn the skills required in using the various drawing equipment used in technical drawing. A range of Junior Cert topics are covered such as Orthographic Projection, Perspective, Loci, and Conic Sections