The Leaving Certificate (Established) - LCE is the most common Leaving Cert Programme. The three core subjects of English, Maths and Irish are generally compulsory for LCE. Students usually take between six to eight subjects.
The Leaving Cert (Vocational Programme) - LCVP has extra career preparation and enterprise subjects. Students take at least five subjects. These include English, Irish and two subjects from specified subject groupings, and a Modern European language. LCVP students also take three Link Modules on Enterprise Education, Preparation for Work and Work Experience.
The Leaving Certificate (Applied) - LCA is strongly 'vocational' and therefore places a stronger emphasis on jobs and employment. It is designed for students who may wish to proceed directly to the wolrd of work or continue their education using the Further Education & Training (FET) route.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.