Transition Year is a vibrant and creative programme offering our students an opportunity to grow, develop and mature in a number of ways. Academic rigor is maintained through well-defined and delivered core modules as well as through a variety of non-conventional alternative academic subjects. The creative and physical aspects of the programme give students the chance to explore and develop skills outside the academic, whilst our extra-curricular activities also let students engage with social issues, both local and global.
What are the main benefits of doing Transition Year?
- A significant benefit to the student is the space provided by the year to grow and mature at a sensitive and keys stage of transition through adolescence into young adult life.
- Students have many opportunities to practice team work skills, research skills , IT skills, project skills.
- Students become more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills.
- Students gain in maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills.
- Students gain in personal maturity by been given opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.
- Students gain in social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school.
- By sampling a wide range of subject areas students can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate programme they may wish to follow at the end of the Transition Year.
- It is generally recognised by teachers that a Transition Year Programme equips the now more mature student with a broader range of skills and insights to deal more effectively with a Leaving Certificate programme and able to maximise their points.
- There is growing evidence from third level institutions that students who have taken Transition Year are more self-reliant learners.