Transition Year Programme

Transition Year is a one year programme. It provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from Junior to Senior cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognizes the need for students to grow in independence.

Transition year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate Programme, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

A student’s experience of Transition Year (click here!)


Core Subjects

Irish, English, Maths, French/German,  I.T.,Business Studies, History, Geography, Careers, Chinese, Religion and PE.


Students have the opportunity to sample each of the Science subjects, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Agricultural Science in 9 week blocks. Each of the Practical subjects, Technology, Home Economics, Music and Art  together with Classical Studies and Japanese are also sampled in 9 week blocks.

Additional Activities may include

  • Driving Tuition
  • Cardiac First Responders Course
  • “On being an Archaeologist”
  • Outdoor Pursuits- Birr OEC
  • School Bank, BOI Bond Trader Challenge
  • Activities as part of Science Week, Engineers Week
  • TYPE – Transition Year Physics Experience, TCD
  • BEES – Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (TY Work Experience Programme)
  • Biochemistry & Immunology TCD (TY Programme)
  • Pathology Department Open Morning – Limerick Regional Hospital
  • Radiography Open Afternoon – Limerick Regional Hospital
  • TYNDALL lecture, UL (Physics)
  • STEPS: ‘Engineering your Future’ – TY Programme
  • Prep for Med Programme UCC
  • SimMed NUIG
  • Law Education for Schools – including Visit to Criminal Courts of Justice / Mock Trial
  • Songschool
  • Lyric FM Educational Outreach Programme
  • Visit to National Ploughing Championships, Kilmainham Gaol, Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna, Clonmacnoise, Spike Island, Brigit’s Garden
  • Mini Company & Christmas Market
  • Industry Visit –LM Ericsson, Zimmer Biomet, J & J Visioncare
  • NUI Galway Arts Taster Day
  • Geographic Investigation Burren
  • Third Level College Open Days (NUIG /UCC / UCD / TCD/ UL/Mary I)
  • TY Drama Festival – Briery Gap
  • Press Pass Student Journalism and News Literacy programme
  • ECO- UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards
  • CanSat
  • Vex Robotics
  • AILO (All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad)
  • Easter Camp to China
  • Gaisce
  • GAA Future Leaders Programme
  • Young Social Innovators (YSI)
  • Transition Year Girls Spikeball Leaders Programme
  • Pope John Paul II awards
  • Junior Conference (St. Vincent de Paul)
  • Community Work (1 week ) & Work Placement (1 week)