Transition Year



To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of students.  To help them acquire new skills and develop a level of maturity, which will benefit them at senior cycle and to prepare them for their role as responsible, caring adults. To produce hard working students who aspire to achieve their maximum potential and understand that prosperity of mind is our most valued quality – Saothar agaus Sonas.


  • To give students the opportunity to experience new subjects.
  • To learn in a more active way, with more self-directed learning. 
  • To help students discover their strengths and talents, so they can grow in confidence and become more discerning mature adult.

History of Transition Year in OCC

Transition Year was introduced in O’Carolan College in 2004/5 as a compulsory year for all those heading into senior cycle.  The follow year it became an optional programme and had one class group.  This continued until 2011/12 when two class groups were formed and we have remained at 2 class groups ever since!


The school offers a broad and balanced programme based on the four layers of Transition Year curriculum set out in the National Programme.  This is based on the needs of the students, staff allocation, teachers’ expertise, timetabling and resources available.

Subjects offered include: Maths, English and Theatre Studies, Gaeilge, Languages, SPHE, Computer Applications, Physical Education, Business, Science, General Technology, Music, Heritage Studies, Economic and Environment Studies, Food Science, Religious Education, Art Career Guidance.

Transition Year also partake in a number of modules delivered by outside facilitators over the course of the year, for example:

 Guitar, Self Defence, Yoga, Health and Beauty, Mindfulness, Creativity workshops, First Aid,  G.A.A. Coaching, Bank of Ireland Skills, Public Access to Law, Young Social Innovator, Business Initiatives, Gaisce.

Trips are in important part of the TY programme, as it gives students an opportunity to broaden their horizons and gain new experiences outside of the classroom. Those undertaken in  include a teambuilding/bonding trip to Carlingford, trips to the theatre, Tayto Park, Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery, a hike up Croagh Patrick, a visit to Zeminar,  a day at Trinity College Maths Conference, trampolining and many more.


This involves spending time as part of the Transition Year programme, learning at first-hand about life in the work place.  Work Experience is an integral part of education for working life. In addition to giving students an insight into the world of work, it also provides them with opportunities for developing their social and life skills. To be effective, work experience is planned in advance in conjunction with the Guidance Department and is monitored closely by the school.

 At present, work experience takes place for two weeks in December and one week in February.


 Transition Year certificate at end of year – Distinction, Merit or Pass.

Awarded based on completion of a number of assignments in each subject, involvement in extracurricular, portfolio presentation at end of year, attendance and punctuality.  The T.Y. Coordinator, aided by the Core Team, will use the criteria set out to decide on the level of award for each student.

  • Assignments in full year course: 

6 key assignments plus 2 tasks/projects (modelled on LCA assignments). 

  • Assignment in modular courses:

3 key assignments plus 1 task/project (modelled on LCA assignments). 

  • Teachers will decide the form each assignment will take, based on the needs of their subject e.g. written, practical, oral…etc.
  • Parents will receive written reports bi-annually, one at Christmas and one at year end.
  • School diary is a source of communicating with parents on a weekly basis.