Transition Year

Transition Year Open Night

Transition Year (TY) is an extra year taken after Junior Cycle.  This is optional in our school.

The Transition Year Programme promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education).

It provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with the Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with the Leaving Certificate. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate programme, further study and adult and working life.

It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Aims and objectives of the Transition Year programme

Transition Year Programmes are designed to provide the integrated development of the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, social and vocational capacities of each individual student. The principal objective of the Transition Year is to prepare young people for their role as participative and responsible members of society. The Transition Year offers students the opportunity to review and consolidate the work done in Junior Cycle, explore new areas and methods of study, and make more mature and informed choices regarding their future development and learning.

The Principal aims of transition year are:

  1. Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence.
  2. The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary and self-directed learning.
  3. Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.

Programme Content

The programme has a substantial academic base, which will enable the student to retain the habit of study and to adapt readily to Leaving Certificate course work in Fifth Year. The core subjects in the programme are: Religious Education, English, Irish, Mathematics, French/German and Physical Education. Students will have the opportunity to study subjects they may not have opted for in the Junior Cycle as all Transition Year students will attend classes in Business Studies, Science, Art, Home Economics and Music. Other courses include: Information Technology, Health Education, Media Studies, Ancient Civilisation, Architectural Studies, Environmental Studies, Personal Development, Careers and Tourism Awareness. These can vary from year to year as we constantly review the programme. Practical experience will be gained from work placements and the Mini-Company component of the Business Studies Programme.

Tutor Group(s)

  • Each student will be monitored regularly on a one-to-one basis by a tutor, who will be a member of the TY team. The team will meet weekly with the Transition Year co-ordinator to assess the programme and the students.
  • Self-evaluation will be required and students must keep a journal, which will be available to their tutor.
  • Teachers will assess their own subjects and this assessment can take the form of examinations, projects, reports, etc.
  • Transition Year students will have Christmas and Summer examinations with the rest of the student body.
  • The Year Head and the Transition Year co-ordinator will assess punctuality and attendance.
  • On completion of the course, students will be presented with a folder containing assessment results, punctuality and performance record, and references and employers reports. The school will issue a certificate to students who successfully complete the programme. Certificate will be awarded “With Distinction” or “With Merit” to students who deserve special recognition.

Transition Year Sample Activities

  • Guest Speakers (eg autism awareness, Simon Community, MEPs)
  • Film Studies
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Various competitions, workshops, initiatives
  • Science week UCD
  • Young Scientist RDS
  • Visits to places of historical and cultural significance (eg the National Art Gallery, National History Museum, Collins Barracks, Casino Marino,  Botanic Gardens
  • Day of Reflection
  • Visit to Catherine McAuley House on Baggot Street
  • Outings to the gym (spinning, yoga and pilates), cinema (language films)
  • Official FAI training
  • Junior Achievement Career Ready Programme
  • Minicompany
  • Creative Skills workshops (dance, drama, poetry, Christmas Wreaths)
  • YSI Young Social Innovators
  • Drivers Ed Course
  • Community Projects

Transition Year Curriculum

  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths
  • French / German
  • Art
  • Business
  • Cookery
  • Woodwork (through exchange with local school)
  • Computers
  • Drama
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health & Safety
  • History
  • Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Mini Company
  • Music
  • Personal Development
  • PE
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Travel & Tourism
  • YSI (Young Social Innovators)