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Transition Year Oranmore


To get a flavour of some of the activities that take place in Transition Year in Calasanctius College Oranmore, please see our blog  transitionyearoranmore.blogspot.com

On this page you will find some frequently asked question address on the Second Level Support Service but you can also contact Transition Year Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here  for programme from the SLSS.

Frequently asked questions:

What is Transition Year?

Transition Year is a one year programme taken after the Junior Certificate and before the Leaving Certificate Programme.

What’s the purpose of the Transition Year Programme?

To promote maturity:

  • Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills
  • Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills
  • Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility
  • Social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school
  • Maturity that will help the student make a more informed choice of subject for their Leaving Certificate studies

Who decides on the Transition Year Programme?

Each school devises its own TY programme. The teaching staff draws up a programme in the light of the Transition Year Guidelines and the Resource Material published by the Department of Education and Science. They also consider students’ needs, parents’ views, employers and the wider interests of the local community. Each year the programme is evaluated, with inputs from all these parties, and revised by the teaching staff.

Is Transition Year available to all students?

Currently over 30,000 young people are following a Transition Year programme in approx. 560 schools. In Calasanctius College Transition Year takes one class group.  Acceptance onto the programme is outlined in our Transition Year policy.  Many factors are taken into consideration including but not limited to suitability of the programme to the student, discipline records etc.  This policy is given along with application forms in early January when students are in 3rd year and interviews follow.

What subjects are studied?

This varies from school to school but in every school students follow a timetable as they do in other years. Most programmes work towards getting a balance between some continuation of essential core subjects, a tasting and sampling of other subjects, a variety of distinctive courses designed to broaden students’ horizons and some modules and activities specifically aimed at promoting the maturity that is central to the whole Transition Year ideal.

Can the Transition Year be part of a three-year Leaving Certificate programme?

The Transition Year programme is a school-designed, distinctive programme and should not constitute year one of a three-year Leaving Certificate. TY is part of the Senior Cycle experience and lays a solid foundation for Leaving Certificate studies. TY programmes challenge students intellectually, give them an orientation to the world of work and cater for the development of their personal and social awareness. Research has shown that students who take TY achieve, on average, higher points in the Leaving Certificate exam; this is perhaps due to the development of their general study skills as well as the skills required for each individual subject.

Is Transition Year suited to all students?

With its emphasis on development and maturity, all young people can benefit from the programme. Transition Year, in particular, can allow for the development of an individual’s multiple intelligences-linguistic, logico-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist. The Transition Year programme can also develop key skills for the 21st century such as the three Ts: thinking, teamwork and technology.

How are parents involved?

Parents’ understanding of and support for student learning in TY is a key factor in a successful Transition Year experience. A presentation for parents of 3rd year students to discuss the Transition Year programme is held in January/February. Parents should attend and contribute. Some parents make their particular expertise available to the school during the TYP. Parents should be involved also in the school’s evaluation of its programme. Parents should encourage their sons and daughters to avail of the numerous opportunities offered by this unique programme.

In a school where TY is optional might the student miss his/her friends who continue through to Leaving Certificate Year One?

It is true that if no other friends opt for TY, the student will be separated from them. However unless his/her friends opt for the same Leaving Certificate programme and/or the same subject groupings for Leaving Certificate they will become separated anyway. It is dangerous to make important decisions about you education based on what your friends want to do!

Integration of the TY students is done early in the academic year. Typically this is done through an induction programme for TY students and/or Team -building activities e.g. An Outdoor Pursuits programme in an Adventure Centre.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an integral part of the Transition Year Programme.  Students with the help of their parents are encouraged to seek work experience that is relevant to careers they wish to pursue on leaving school.  This encourages the student to actively consider subject choices and to make an informed decision on college choices.