The Transition Year programme is offered in Le Chéile Secondary School Ballincollig from September 2024 with our very first cohort undertaking the programme.

Transition Year aims to:

  • Promote the personal, social and educational development of the student.
  • Provide the student with an opportunity for the study of topics outside the school curriculum free from the pressure of examinations and the constraints imposed by an examination curriculum.
  • Transition Year also gives students an opportunity to participate in work experience, educational outings and fundraising events.


  • At the end of Transition Year the student is generally more focused and more mature. Statistics nationally indicate that students who have completed Transition Year score higher points in the Leaving Certificate than those who did not undertake the programme.
  • Transition Year students are also less likely to drop out of college in their first year than those who have not completed the course.
  • The curriculum is broad and balanced.
  • Students participate successfully in a number of competitions at county, regional and national level.


The calendar layers


Mandatory Subjects
French / German
Religious Education
Physical Education
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Agricultural Science will be sampled on rotation throughout the year)
LC Subject Sampling
Home Economics
Business Studies
Materials Technology (Woodwork)
Visual Art
Design and Communication Graphics
Modules (examples)
Chinese Language and Culture
European Parliament Ambassador School Programme (EPAS)
Multimedia and Film Studies
Debating / Public Speaking
Junk Kouture
BT Young Scientist / SciFest
Mini Company
Life Skills


Pupils will receive reports as in any other year coinciding with our assessment cycles. Successful students will receive Work Experience Certificates and Transition Year Certificates. There will be formal examinations in the core subjects in May of TY.outings and fundraising events.


Good attendance is vital if you are to make the most of the year. Poor attendance and/or punctuality mean that you will miss out on information, events, activities, and assignments.

Collecting for charity

Occasionally, groups of TY pupils collect for charity, usually by bag packing in local grocery stores. A signed permission slip from home is always required.


A deadline is a deadline! Every year some TY students miss deadlines for activities or handing in Projects or Portfolios. You may miss out on the activities or have your work rejected if you miss the deadlines!


If you haven’t already participated in the ‘Debut Debates’ or ‘MACE Debates’ competitions so far in Junior Cycle here at Le Chéile we would encourage all TY students to become involved in debating. Participating in debating during TY enhances critical thinking, public speaking skills, and confidence, providing invaluable preparation for future academic and professional challenges.

Gaisce President’s Award

Gaisce, or the President’s Award, is a national prize for personal achievement, based on set challenges, e.g. learning a new skill, doing community work or going on an expedition.

Graduation Night

At the end of the year, there will be a TY Graduation Night to which parents and guardians will be invited. A range of certificates e.g. First Aid, Work Experience, will be presented.
The most important certificate is the Transition Year Certificate, which will be awarded to successful TY students. The certificates are awarded at three levels – Distinction, Merit, Pass.

LC Subject Choices / Subject Fair

There will be Guidance classes to help students make these choices. Choices are made in the spring of TY. There will be an evening meeting (subject fair) for parents/guardians on this topic where they will have the opportunity to meet with subject teachers and help their son/daughter to make informed subject choices.


Modular subjects are studied aside from your curricular subjects and they run for a specific amount of time; a term, half a year or maybe for the duration of the academic year. Participate to the best of your ability in your classes. This will be a key factor in deciding on the level (Distinction, Merit, Pass) of your Transition Year Certificate.


Various outings are organised by individual teachers or subject departments. A pupil who misbehaves on an outing may be excluded from other outings.


TY pupils are not immune from any usual school-imposed sanctions including detention, suspension etc. It is each individual student’s responsibility to follow Le Chéile’s Code of Behaviour as normal.


September is a ‘settling in’ month for getting back to school, starting new subjects and modules, meeting new teachers, receiving the Junior Cycle results and our ‘overnight bonding trip’ will happen too! Other TY events are further down the road.

Guest Speakers

There will be a number of guest speakers for TY during the year. The talks will generally be on social and health issues.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a major element of TY. You will have guidance from teachers around Work Experience but the onus is on students to organise their own placements. There will be two individual weeks of experience and a third week which will consist of a community care placement.

Where possible, students find placements in work related to the career in which they have a special interest. It is the responsibility of each student to make their own application and to find their Work Experience Placement as this is an essential element of preparation for the world of work. Students are not paid for work experience. Students are monitored by the school and assessed by the employer. At the end of work experience each student is required to complete a Work Experience Portfolio.

To gain a Work Experience Certificate at the end of the year, you must complete the assignments set by your work experience teacher. Incomplete Portfolio = no Certificate!