The programme is offered to all Fifth and Sixth Year students who study the qualifying Leaving Certificate subjects. The list of qualifying Leaving Certificate subjects can be viewed at www.pdst.ie. The teaching team believe that the subject provides students with a valuable insight into the world of work, career paths and report writing. It was decided that we would change the name of the subject within the school from LCVP to Enterprise Education.
There are presently two Fifth and two Sixth Year class periods timetabled weekly. There are two Fifth Year and two Sixth Year class groups. Each group has one IT class and one theory class. In Fifth Year teachers specialise in the core elements of the portfolio and one optional portfolio item:
- Summary Report
- Enterprise Action Plan
- Work Experience
- Curriculum Vitae
In Sixth Year teachers specialise in the one optional element of the portfolio and the remaining core item
- Career Investigation
- Recorded Interviews
All class groupings are mixed ability, allowing the non Junior Certificate Business students engage and interact with the Junior Certificate Business students and benefit from collaborative learning. Students are timetabled for a single class period in the IT room, where they have access to the internet/printing and secure file saving. This facility is essential as students must research information and all portfolio items must be word processed.
Students are encouraged to complete four portfolio items in Fifth Year and the remaining two portfolio items in Sixth Year. Students can avail of plenty of help from our excellent Career Guidance team in the school in securing work experience placements and preparation with their career investigations. The portfolio accounts for 60% of the final examination and teachers spend considerable time correcting these in conjunction with the Departments marking scheme. All resources received at in – service are shared within the department, any relevant information on grade improvement i.e. sample portfolio work are distributed to students. The written paper accounts for 40% of the final examination and students are encouraged to actively discuss answers in class, visit www.pdst.ie and www.examinations.ie to gain a better understanding of the standard of answering required to achieve that distinction.