Transition Year Programme

Transition Year Programme

Transition Year is a one year programme. It provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning environment associated with the Senior Cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises 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.

Each school devises its own timetabled programme to cater for the needs of its student. This is done in accordance with the Department of Education and Science guidelines and school and community resources.

At Scoil Aireagail Transition Year is optional but we would encourage all our students to participate in the programme.


Scoil Aireagail offers students a broad and balanced curriculum such areas as:

Core subjects-English, Irish, Maths

Other subjects -History, Geography, Biology, Business, French, I.C.T., Agricultural Science, P.E, Life Skills, Home Economics, Music, Technical Graphics, Art ,Construction Studies, Engineering, Junk Kouture, Developmental Education, Career Guidance, S.P.H.E..

 Work Experience

A very important element to our TY programme is Work Experience. At Scoil Aireagail work experience takes place in two blocks of 11 Fridays from September to Christmas, and 9 Fridays from January to March.


There is no state examination at the end of Transition Year. At Scoil Aireagail we implement credit system to award grades at end of year. To find out further details of our credit system please click on the following link Transition Year credit system


Our transition year programme allows students the opportunity to participate in a number of events and activities during the year. These include:

  • GAISCE – the President’s Award
  • Overnight canoeing trip
  • Ploughing championships
  • Garda Operations trip
  • UL Open Day
  • WIT Open Day
  • Ice skating and bowling
  • Dance workshop
  • Self-defence workshop
  • Cancer awareness talks
  • Water safety/swimming
  • Gym training
  • First aid Certificate Course
  • Garda Roadshow trip
  • Fundraising-cancer awareness, Special Olympics
  • Road Safety Authority Visiting Shuttle Bus
  • 4-day trip to Kilfinane outdoor adventure centre



At the Transition Year Graduation, students will be awarded a certificate based on the credits that they receive throughout the year.