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Transition Year Programme
Subject Information 

The Transition Year (TY) is a one-year programme taken after Junior Cycle and before the two-year Leaving Certificate programme. 

  • It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes. 

  • Transition Year is an optional year for students in Virginia College. 

Programme Co-Ordinator

  • Mr. M Duffy  


There is no state examination at the end of Transition Year. Assessments are  carried out on an ongoing basis and can include school-based assessment of projects or portfolios, oral, aural, practical and written activities. 

Evaluation of activities such as work experience or community service will often involve the providers or hosts of such activities. 

Some modules may have their own assessment arrangements. 

Students in Virginia College study the following subjects in Transition Year: 

  • English 

  • Mathamatics 

  • Gaeilge 

  • French 

  • Spanish 

  • Geography 

  • History 

  • Music and Drama 

  • Religious Education 

  • Physical Education 

  • Active Leisure Studies 

  • Mini Company 

  • Career Guidance 

  • Road Safety 

  • Public Speaking 

  • Developmental Studies 

  • Art, Crafts and Design 

  • Technology 

  • Information Technology 

  • Coding 

  • Design and Communication Technology 

  • Construction Studies 

  • Engineering 

  • Agricultural Science 

  • Physics  

  • Biology 

  • Chemistry  


Various workshops are held annually such as: 

  • Microsoft Office Specialist 

  • First Aid Training 

  • Irish Water Saftey Swimming Course 

  • Mock Interview training 

  • Peer Education Programme 

  • Programme 

  • Lamh Sign Language Course 

  • Gaeilge, French and Spanish oral prepataion  

  • Road Safety Prgoramme  

  • Drama Workshops 

  • Music Technology Workshops 

  • Dance Workshops 

  • Drumming Workshops 

  • Rap Workshops 

  • Wheel Chair Basketball 

  • ‘TY Fit for Life’ programme 

  • Off road biking course 

  • BT Young Scientists 

  • Young Social Innovators 

  • Gaisce President Awards 

In Virginia College our tranisition year students complete two, two week work experience blocks during the academic year.  

During the tranistion year programme our students participate in a number of trips: 

  • European Ski Trip 

  • Gaeltacht Trip 

  • History Trips 

  • Various educational trips to locations across Ireland 

Our transition year students have a proud history of running a number of charitable events such as Christmas markets, bake sales and the shoe box appeal and has raised a lot of funds for Irish charities over the years.  

Our transition year students hard work and dedication is recognised at an award ceremony held annually in May.  

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