Transition Year

What is Transition Year?

Transition Year (TY) is a one-year education programme available to all students who have completed their Junior Cycle education. It is not compulsory to do TY in our school. However, our experience has been that TY provides a bridge for students to move from a state of dependence at junior level to a more independent and active role with regard to their education and their future. The TY Programme gives an excellent opportunity for students to mature, to get better insights into work and adult life and to develop a wide range of skills and competencies. TY focuses on leadership skills and aims to prepare students for future roles in our school.


The TY Programme is quite broad and aims to combines traditional academic subjects with work experience and social development. It aims to integrate these various activities with a view to:

· Assisting students to take responsibility for their own learning and decision-making

· Providing experience for students of the work environment

· Providing opportunities for personal growth through participation in various social activities and voluntary work

· Providing opportunities for students who have been under-achieving to improve their performance

· Encouraging students to develop a positive approach to learning and to their own education.

· To take advantage of new educational opportunities

TY Curriculum

In Balbriggan Community College, the TY Programme combines traditional academic study with the opportunity to develop social, vocational, leadership and personal skills. Students will study “core” subjects and will also have the opportunity to study optional subjects and get involved in various activities.


Core subjects:

Communicative Irish




Photography or Sport

Enterprise or Science

Drama or Art

Other Subjects:



Extra Subjects:

Activities may include: Young Scientist, Computers/ECDL/ Computer Programming, Debating, First Aid, Mini Company, Road Safety, Self Defence, Study Skills, School Bank, Junior Coaching, Personal Development/Peer Tutoring/ Peer Mediation, Creative Writing, Young Social Innovators, SFX and Woodwork and Gaisce.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an integral part of the TY Programme – for two week blocks, with preparation before the work placement and follow-up exercises after the work experience is an important aspect of the year. This provides students with real opportunities to develop and apply many of the skills they have acquired in school. As a result, they will become more aware of their personal talents and strengths upon which they can base their future career choices.

Assessment of Transition Year

Students work to achieving credits in TY. Throughout the year they work on their TY portfolio to be interviewed on a t the end of the year,

                                    Assessment of Credits                        Percent of final grade

Work Experience:                20 (10 per work experience)                   13%

Portfolio / Interview:           60                                                                 40%

7 core subjects:

Distinction                           10

Merit                                      7

Pass                                       4

Failure to achieve                2                                                                    47%

Total                                      150                                                              100%


All other subjects offer certificates as well as reports on progress

Overall Grades

Grade                Level

80-100               Distinction

60-80                 Merit

40-60                 Pass

Under 40          Failure to Achieve

Extra-Curricular Activities

The TY Programme also offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including Community Awareness, Pastoral Care Programme, Community Activities, Outdoor Adventure Activities, and fund-raising as well as a full range of sports.

Students taking part in the TY programme have a number of opportunities available to them. All students will participate in outdoor pursuits.

Each January an activities week is organised where students attend a series of activities such as Self-defence, Internet Safety , Sex Education and others.