Transition Year

Outline for Transition year 2018-19 


What is Transition Year?

Transition Year (TY) is a one-year education programme available to all students who have completed their Junior Cycle education. TY was designed to provide a bridge for students to move from a state of dependence at junior cert 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.



The TY Programme is quite broad and aims to combine 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.


The TY Programme offers a number of advantages. It provides an opportunity for young people to remain within the educational system for an extra year. Research at home and abroad has underlined that the length of time young people spend in the educational system is an important indicator for their overall educational development. Studies have shown that those who took the TY option were more likely to select and stay with the subjects at higher level and to try new subjects which they had not taken before. They were also more likely to gain considerably more CAO points than their peers who did not take the Transition Year option.



At Midleton CBS, the TY Programme combines traditional academic study with the opportunity to develop social, vocational 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: These subjects include English, Gaeilge, Mathematics, Religion and P.E.
Optional Subjects: These subjects include History, Business, Chemistry, Geography, French/German, Art, Biology, Design and Communication Graphics, Building Construction, Music, Technology, Agricultural Science and Physics.


Extra Subjects / Activities:

First Aid Mini Company Road Safety
Self Defence, School Bank GAA Coaching
Green Schools 121 Digital Gaisce
Solid Works Ukulele  Sports Conditioning
Personal Finance  Intel’s Design and Discovery Media Studies
Film Studies Nutrition Social Studies 

and  visits/guest speakers both within and outside school.

Work Experience:

Work Experience is an integral part of the TY Programme - two weeks work experience, 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. The first week is from the 13th to the 17th of February 2017 and the second is from May 29th to June 2nd 2017.


Extra-Curricular Activities

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




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