TY Programme

The Transition Year Programme is an optional programme in Edmund Rice College Carrigaline. Students, and their parents, are given a presentation during third year about the TY programme in our school and all that it has to offer. 

Transition 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 Senior Cycle.

Transition Year aims to:

  • Pathway for maturing young adults with emphasis on social awareness.
  • Education through experience as a basis for personal development & maturity.
  • Promotion of life skills, academic skills, and self directed learning.
  • Foundation for Leaving Certificate study and exam preparation.

Academic benefits to Transition Year:

  • Time to mature and develop.
  • Space to reflect and plan.
  • Develop new and different competencies.
  • Prepare our young people for challenges facing them.
  • Academic growth.
  • Research shows that students who complete T.Y. have a higher success rate at Third Level.
  • Research Skills.
  • Informed Senior Cycle subject preparation.
  •  Multiple Intelligences.
  •  Study Skills / Learning Styles.
  •  Independent self-directed learning. 
  •  Assessment /Self assessment
  •  Exploration of CAO choices /Course requirements.

Preparation for adult and working life:

  • Self esteem/awareness / assertiveness
  • Relationships
  • Teamwork 
  • Maturity /critical judgement
  • Careers / Work experience /Work simulation 
  • Interviews –C.V. , Portfolios
  • Technical skills 
  • I.C.T. skills /E.C.D.L
  • Health Education 
  • Certification – Dept.of Ed./ School /Agencies.

TY Assessment and Examination:

  • Two sets of formal House Examinations: November and May.
  • All subjects are assessed with an exam or continuous assessment.
  • Portfolio assessment and work experience.
  • T.Y. Awards and Graduation Evening.
  • ‘Assessment should be an integral part of the learning process in Transition Year not separate from it.” DES Guidelines.

Meanwhile, a general overview of the purpose of TY is available by clicking here.