Transition Year Students

Transition year (4th year) is a one year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle.

It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependent learning of the Junior Cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle

Why choose transition year?

  • Students are given the time to mature and develop

  • It offers a skills based learning experience

  • It provides a space for students to reflect and plan for their future

  • Students experience many different subjects to inform their subject choices for senior cycle

  • Students develop new competencies

  • Students take part in two work placements which may help they decide on their future careers

  • The NCCA found that on average students who choose transition year achieve 26 more points CAO points in their leaving certificate than those who go straight into senior cycle

The timetable consists of the following subjects which are assessed in a variety of ways in December and May:

Core Subjects

Modular Subjects

(studied in 10 week blocks)

Option Subjects

(Choose 3 to study)



Home Skills


Development Studies

Culinary Arts



Media Studies





Speech and Drama

Outdoor Pursuits




Information Technology

Equality Studies



Transition year students participate in many trips throughout the year. These include trips to the Abbey theatre, comedy shows, criminal courts visit, museum visit, special guests to the school, visits to University and College open days and visits to IFI and Lighthouse cinemas.

Students also have an opportunity to travel to: 

  • South Africa for 2 weeks on a township. All students help to fundraise for South African charities.

  • France or Spain on student exchange

  • Norway for an exchange programme

  • Strasburg for European Competition

  • Italy for the end of year trip