Transition Year

The Transition year Programme is in operation in Loreto College Cavan. For the past few years two groups of students have opted to follow this programme.

The Department guidelines for Transition Year states as its mission "to promote the personal, social and vocational development of pupils and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society".

Transition Year is a one year programme. It provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from Junior to Senior Cycle. 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, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

There is growing evidence that students who have taken Transition Year Programme are more self-reliant learners when they enter third-level education than their peers. (Commission on the Points System. Final Report & Recommendations, 1999)

The NCCA conducted an Independent longitudinal study on the performance of Leaving Certificate students and found that those who had taken the Transition Year Programs "were likely to be educationally adventurous than those who chose not to follow the programme. That is, they were more likely to retain subjects at higher level, to move up from Ordinary to Higher level and from Foundation to Ordinary level. They were also more likely to take up subjects which they had not taken before."

Transition Year has many benefits for students. It helps them:

  • Discover more about their personal strengths.
  • Develop maturity and self-confidence.
  • Improve their self-esteem.
  • Build interpersonal and team skills.
  • Make wiser subject choices for Leaving Certificate and Further Education.
  • Extend the learning experience beyond the classroom.
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills.
  • Explore the working world.
  • The Transition Year Calendar
  • Transition Year is made up of Four Layers

1. Core subject layer
2. Subject sampling layer
3.TY specific and subject layer
4. Calendar 'once off' layer


  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • French/German
  • RE
  • PE



Development Education

Chinese Language and Culture

Spanish language and Culture

European Studies


  • Science
  • Business Studies.
  • Mini Company
  • History
  • Geography
  • Home Economics
  • Music/ Choir
  • Art
  • Calendar “Once Off Events”

Work Experience

All Students undertake Work Experience. Each student must secure their own placements. It is recommended that students reflect very carefully on the career options they wish to pursue.

European Studies

Transition Year has assumed an important European dimension within the school in recent years, as a result of the E.U. Comenius Project funded by Leargas.

Work Shops

Students are involved in various workshops each year and vary year to year to meet the needs of the students.

Examples include: First Aid/ CPR, Photography, Poetry, Drive for Life,


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

TY Graduation Ceremony

At the end of the year, there will be a TY Graduation Ceremony to which parents and guardians will be invited. A range of certificates e.g. First Aid, Work Experience, will be presented.