Transition Year

Our Transition Year programme is offered on an optional basis but currently achieves over 90% uptake amongst our student body. It is a school-based programme and is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior and Senior Cycle.

Other courses students are invites to apply for :

  • Royal College Of Surgeons TY Course
  • Law Education
  • RTE Work Experience
  • Prep For Med School UCC
  • Mathematical Science UCC
  • Midwifery - UHL
  • Henry Street TY Garda Course
  • STEPS Engineering
  • Shannon College Of Catering 
To name but a few.
These are on a lottery basis each year.

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Students undertake a block of Work Experience in TY as part of their program. This is an invaluable opportunity for them to develop real life practical skills.

The Transition Year Opportunities in Scoil Mhuire & Íde

Transition year students have opportunities to;
  • Make informed choices about Leaving Certificate subjects.
  • Develop a variety of new skills
  • Learn more about the working world through work experience.
  • Catch up on learning missed out during the Junior Cycle.
  • Take part in outdoor pursuits.
  • Learn about working as part of a team.
  • Undertake projects on various topics.
  • Practice meeting deadlines for assignments.
  • Develop more understanding and confidence about yourself as a person.
  • Learn about leadership, co-operation and dealing with conflict
  • Learn through meeting people beyond the classroom.
  • Awareness of social issues.
  • Discover more about your own personal strengths – what you are good at.
  • Discover more about jobs and career opportunities.
  • Enhance ICT skills.
  • Become a more independent learner
  • Add a valuable set of experience to your CV

Assessment and certification

There is no end-of-year state examination in the Transition Year - a decision made by the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that the focus of the year was learning-led rather than exam-driven.

The activity-based learning ethos of the year requires each school to engage in school-based assessment, which helps students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as develop the skills of self-assessment and reflection.

Assessment is ongoing, with portfolio assessment, project work, and exhibitions of students' work. Oral aural, practical and written activities all form part of this assessment process.

Students who have successfully completed the Transition Year Programme are awarded a certificate of participation by their school.